Planning and Response to Covid-19

In recent weeks we have seen Covid-19 impact daily life across the United States as well as here in New Mexico. At Sage we are dedicated to the safety and ongoing care of our patients. We are taking active measures to reduce the risk of exposure within the clinic. For more information on these steps, please read the message from Dr. Sutter posted to our blog.

In addition to increased protection at the clinic, we are actively working to move as many services as possible to remote telemed options. We will have more information on this page as these options rolled out over time.

Covid-19 Vaccines

A note from a Sage doctor on getting the COVID-19 Vaccine on 2/16/21:

“I was vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine yesterday morning. I generated a strong immune response which is a good thing. This is well known and should be expected to some degree.

The most common side effects are pain and swelling at the injection site and headache, fatigue, fever, and chills. I had them all. Recommend using a cold compress at the injection site for localized pain and taking Tylenol or ibuprofen if symptoms become too uncomfortable. Taking Tylenol or ibuprofen prior to vaccination is not recommended as they reduce fever and inflammation which can blunt the immune response. However, taking them before bed will likely help with a better night’s rest.

By preventing infection with COVID-19, the vaccine prevents death and the long-lasting effects of infection that have been reported. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the inconvenient temporary side effects. The following from a UCI memo.

COVID-19 infection has been reported to cause long-lasting problems that some people have after recovering from COVID-19. These include being tired, having shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, difficulty thinking and concentrating (“brain fog”), depression, muscle pain, headache, and fevers that come and go. In addition, some people have reported problems with their heart, lung, kidney, skin, teeth, and nervous system after COVID infection. These complications of infection can be prevented by receiving the vaccine.”

Covid-19 FAQ’s

What Sanitization Steps is Sage Taking?

We have a cleaning service that spends four hours cleaning our facilities at the end of every day. During the Covid-19 outbreak, we have enhanced our cleaning procedures of ensuring commonly touched surfaces are cleaned multiple times a day. We clean our patient rooms with medical-grade disinfectant after every appointment and will continue to do so meticulously. This includes therapy offices and we disinfect any items used by clients after each session. We have and encourage the use of hand sanitizer that is currently available in each public space as well.

Does Sage Primary Care offer Testing for Covid-19?

Yes, Sage Primary Care is now offering Covid-19 Antibody Testing.

  • Covid antibodies are covered but we recommend patients check with their insurance provider. Usually, this service is covered when the patient has symptoms.
  • Our cash price is $125. If the patient is not an established patient obviously we cannot bill insurance as we will not have their information. I.e. non-patients pay cash.
  • There is an age limit on testing.
  • Swabs are done in the nasal vestibule i.e. entrance to the nose. They are not the same as PCR swabs, which are advanced to the back of the throat.
  • Results should be available within 15 minutes to half an hour.

It’s important to note that these tests are not as reliable in asymptomatic individuals. For example, someone might not have symptoms but need a test to say negative for an airline flight. However, if someone has symptoms with exposure, or just plain symptoms, and wants to get checked this is a relatively reliable test.

Can I see my provider online / remotely with a Telemed Appointment?

Yes. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 Sage Neuroscience Center is encouraging patients to try out telemedicine using a smartphone or computer to avoid an in-person visit and follow stay-at-home guidance.

The first step is to call us at 1 (505) 884-1114 to make an appointment or fill out our new patient intake form here.

You can also learn more about what you can expect at your first appointment from our Guide to Telehealth Visits.

COVID-19 Educational Videos

The Truth about Covid-19

How to Talk to Your Kids about the Corona Virus