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By Jamie Stewart
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Local vet still seeing patients during crisis


Last updated 4/2/2020 at 3:59pm | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Rusty Shackleford with Layla outside the Wasco Veterinary Clinic.

The Wasco Veterinary Clinic is continuing to see patients and fill medications in the midst of a quarantine that has affected the majority of the clinic's staff.

On March 19, a woman came in with her animal and had a cough. A day or two later, the customer contacted the vet clinic informing them that she had tested positive for COVID-19. All staff that had come into contact with the woman has been quarantined for 14 days.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

The Wasco Veterinary Clinic still is open with limitations.

The animal clinic is not allowing people into the office or lobby. Customers can call ahead for medications and can pick them up right outside the door. They are still seeing patients, with the owners and animals remaining outside until the doctor can see them. If necessary, staff will take the animal into the back to be examined and treated while the owner remains outside the building.

"This is necessary for the health of our customers and our staff," said Brian Edick, one part of the father-and-son team of veterinarians at the clinic, along with his dad, Thomas Edick. "All of our girls have tested negative for the virus and are just having to wait out the quarantine period."

"There are no customers allowed in the office at this time, but we continue to serve the community during this trying time."


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