COVID-19 Vaccine Information for March 27, 2021

Earlier this week, we received notice from the New York State Department of Health (NYS DoH) that our practice will be receiving 200 Moderna Vaccines for COVID-19 prevention.

We have begun to reach out to our patients to book appointments to receive their first dosage of Moderna. If you are interested in receiving your first dosage of the COVID-19 Vaccine, please call our office at 845-561-7075 as the Vaccines are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have been contacted by our office to receive the vaccine, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 Vaccine Verification & Consent Form with you to your appointment. You can either find this document by clicking “documents” on our website, or check you email inbox.

If you are a New Yorker, an existing patient of our practice, over the age of 50 or have a qualifying condition, you may be able to receive the Vaccine.

To see if you qualify for the Vaccine, please visit this website at This site is sponsored by New York, and it will ask a brief series of questions to determine your eligibility.

A list of qualifications for persons to determine vaccine eligibility is available at this link:

If you have any questions about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at

If you have any additional questions, you can also call the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330.

Important Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response towards efforts to assessing and monitoring ill patients, particularly those suspected of having COVID19, we will immediately reschedule patient appointments for the rest of the month. Effective immediately, the practice will perform the following:

All regular scheduled follow up appointments will be scheduled in the mornings.

All wellness exams/physicals scheduled in March 2020 will be rescheduled beginning April 1st.

All sick visits regardless of ailments will be scheduled in the afternoons.

We ask all patients who complain of respiratory ailments or complaints of fever to call our office first before coming in so we can properly coordinate the level of service needed. If you walk in our office and have the following flu-like symptoms:

– fever
– difficulty breathing
– and cough;

please inform our staff. A mask will be provided to you and the provider will be informed for further direction.

We understand that many would like to be tested for COVID19, however, testing for COVID19 is reserved for patients who have met the CDC criteria at this time. Please continue to follow the Orange County Department of Health website for updates on the establishment of a testing site:

If you have any additional questions, you can also call the Orange County Department of Health at

We are entering an unprecedented time, however, make no mistake, we will face this health care crisis together, and, together, we will overcome COVID19. We are committed to taking care of our communities and we will do our part to help as many of our patients as we possibly can.

Thank you,

Christian J. Plaza, FNP-C
Clinical Director

December 1st is World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Cross Valley Health & Medicine encourages everyone to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the United States, about 1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it.

The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

To find an HIV testing location near you, text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator.

HIV is passed from one person to another by:

  • Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
  • Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
  • Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
  • Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)

Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 44,000 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.

For more information, visit and learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease.

November is Diabetic Eye Awareness Month

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when blood sugar remains very high for a long period of time.  This elevation can cause many serious complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage,  and blindness.  These complications can be life altering, but the good news it that they are avoidable through a healthy diet, exercise, and medical management if necessary.

Patients with diabetes are at risk for developing problems with their eyesight and are 25 times more likely to lose their sight than non-diabetics.  Yearly diabetic eye exams are recommended by providers.

For more information on diabetes and diabetic eye disease visit the Prevent Blindness website.

October is Healthy Lung Month!

The American Lung Association was initially created in the 1940’s to combat Tuberculosis.  Now, the ALA advocates for many lung disorders such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, and Lung Cancer.  They even battle air pollution and fight for freedom from tobacco addiction.  With programs such as, Freedom From Smoking and Better Breathers Club, the ALA is dedicated to fighting the impact that unclear air and disease have on our health.  For more information on the ALA, diseases of the lung, and the programs offered by the ALA visit the American Lung Association’s website.

September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month!

Every 3 minutes, someone is the US is diagnosed with Lymphoma.  Every 9 minutes, someone in the US dies from Lymphoma.  Since 2010, when the United States Congress declared September National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, the Lymphoma Research Foundation has worked to raise awareness about this disease and research a cure.  Visit the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s website for more information and to become an advocate for this foundation.

Flu Season is here!

Flu Season is approaching! Come in and get your Flu Shot starting 8/30! Flu Clinics will be held on Friday afternoons in September and we are now offering High Dose flu for our patients 70 and up! Call and speak with our Administrative Assistants to make an appointment.

It’s National Health Center Week!

Believe it or not, community healthcare is a relatively new concept.  It was not until about 50 years ago that community health and civil rights activists got together to reform health care.  Many were in need of health care, but due to poverty or location, were unable to receive it.  Several people were determined to make a change.

While visiting a small community in South Africa in the 1960’s, a young doctor and activist, Jack Geiger observed a community based health care system.  He was amazed as even the poorest in that community received excellent care.  Dr. Geiger and other healthcare professionals created a proposal which was submitted to the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity.  With approval, funding was given to open some of the first community-based  health centers in Boston and Mississippi.  Local and federal funds were combined to establish clinics in communities throughout the country. The idea was that you do not just care for individual patients, but entire populations. Community has just as much of an effect on health as illness does. The implementation of this type of health system made health care more accessible and affordable than ever before!

Over the years, this system has continued to develop into the community health care we know today.  We still know the importance of community care and strive to meet the needs of an ever-changing world.  This week, we celebrate the creation of Community Health Centers nationwide.  For more information visit the National Association of Community Health Center’s Website.

National Fireworks Safety Month

With 4th of July around the corner, it is important to discuss the dangers of fireworks and remember how to be safe when using them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), states that injuries from fireworks can range anywhere from serious to deadly.  If you plan on using fireworks this holiday, keep these tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety in mind:

  • Make sure to purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
  • Use fireworks exactly as directed on the label
  • Observe local and state laws
  • Do not allow children to handle fireworks
  • Wear Safety glasses
  • Do not consume alcohol while working with fireworks
  • NEVER relight a “dud” firework
  • Do NOT experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before placing in a trashcan
  • Report illegal explosives to the police or fire department
  • ALWAYS have water ready
  • Only shoot fireworks OUTDOORS in an open area away from buildings and vehicles
  • Use common sense

Be safe and have a great 4th of July!

June is National Safety Month

Injury type and severity varies based on age, however it is the leading cause of disability for all ages and the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44.  Work safety, medication safety, falls, accidents, and emergencies are just a few of the topics we can raise awareness of.  Be sure to wear appropriate protective equipment (helmets, seat belts, etc.), take your medications as prescribed, watch for fall hazards, and have an emergency plan at work and home.  For more information about safety and how to raise awareness of these issues in your community, visit the HealthFinder website!