We are very closely following and navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. Each day brings new information and guidelines. Things are continuing to evolve. Check back here for regular updates concerning the coronavirus and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.
Video-visits and Office Visits
We now have the ability to offer Video Visits. If you would like a visit on your phone rather than an in-person visit please call the office at 212-851-5494, or email your doctor to see if a Video Visit would work for you.
Please also note that per Columbia University Coronavirus Guidelines only one person can accompany a patient to their Berrie Center office visit. No siblings of pediatric patients are allowed.
Learn more about video visits:
Any severe illness/infection increases the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), especially in those with type 1 diabetes. If you become sick, check blood glucose frequently, increase your insulin doses as needed, and stay well-hydrated. Do not stop your insulin even if you are eating very little or vomiting. Make sure you are stocked with both carbohydrate and non-carbohydrate containing beverages as well as non-perishable food at home.
It is advised for ALL people to maintain social distancing at this time. Thought should be given before traveling, especially if you are elderly or are traveling to visit elderly.
It is advised that people over the age of 65 years take additional precautions.
As always, we advise that you continue to work to keep your blood sugars in good control. This will help reduce the risk of complications should you become ill.
School and Work
We continue to advise that children follow their district’s guidelines for attending school; however we understand that is a personal decision. Please discuss with your doctor if you have diabetes and are concerned about going to work.
- 3/18/2020 Prescription Refill Requests Policy Update
- 3/16/2020 Video Visit Instructions (English Version)
- 3/16/2020 Video Visitas Instrucciones (Spanish Version)
- 3/15/2020 Spanish Language COVID-19 Information
- 3/13/2020 COVID-19: Important Message to Berrie Center Families Additional Resources
- 3/13/2020 Sick Day Management Tips
- 3/10/2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Diabetes