North Country Family Health Center temporarily closes LeRay Dental and WIC offices in Evans Mills
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (April 3, 2020) – North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) has temporarily closed its LeRay Family Dental and WIC offices at 26908 Independence Way, Evans Mills, given the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary closure of the LeRay offices will not interrupt services, as LeRay dental patients and LeRay WIC clients will be served by NCFHC’s Watertown location.
The LeRay offices are located off U.S. Route 11, just outside the Fort Drum main entrance. The offices are expected to re-open May 4.
NCFHC’s Watertown and Lowville dental offices will remain open. Patients who are experiencing a dental emergency should call before coming into either the main community health center at 238 Arsenal St., Watertown, (315) 782-9450, or the Lowville site, located within Lewis County General Hospital at 7785 North State St., Lowville, (315) 376-4500.
The Watertown dental office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Lowville office is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. Patients may visit NCFHC’s Facebook page for more information on what constitutes a dental emergency.
In addition, WIC clients who normally use the LeRay WIC Office will continue to be served via telephone. This temporary closure will not impact any participants’ benefits.
“As an essential health care provider in the community, we continue to remain committed to being available to our patients and WIC participants,” said Joey Marie Horton, chief executive officer, North Country Family Health Center. “During this unprecedented time, we are doing everything we can to promote social distancing by reducing the number of offices we keep open, promoting remote work options whenever possible, and rapidly expanding our telehealth offerings to patients.”
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, NCFHC is asking all patients / WIC participants to call before coming to any of their locations. NCFHC staff will assist patients in determining if a face-to-face or virtual appointment done via video or phone at home is best. In addition, in an effort to lessen exposure — both for patients as well as staff — NCFHC is asking that adult patients coming in for appointments come alone and children be accompanied by one adult only.
Patients may visit NCFHC’s COVID-19 page on their website for the most up-to-date hours of operation and special notices during this pandemic: https://www.nocofamilyhealth.org/covid-19/.
For more information about North Country Family Health Center or its programs, visit www.NoCoFamilyHealth.org or call (315) 782-9450.
(North Country Family Health Center)