Our office is working hard to ensure patients and staff remain healthy and limit exposure to the virus. We now offer TELEVIDEO services when possible to minimize your exposure. Type of appointments that we can accommodate:
- Medicare annual wellness visits
- Follow up visits for pain, diabetes, medication refills
- New onset anxiety, depression
- Transition of Care (hospital or nursing facility discharge)
Additionally, if you are here for an appointment, we have separated the waiting area into “sick” and “well” sides. We are regularly disinfecting the office areas including waiting areas and exam rooms in between patients.
How to tell the difference between COVID-19, Cold, Influenza, and allergies:
In order to ensure everyone’s safety, if you are coming into the office, please notify us if you have any of the following:
- COUGH (DRY/WET)
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
- RECENT TRAVEL
- EXPOSURE TO A PERSON INFECTED WITH CONFIRMED COVID-19 (LAB)
Current testing guidelines
Testing is currently available for everyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19. There are two types of tests available:
- Tests for active disease: You should have this test done if you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have had symptoms in the last 14 days. Examples of these tests include COVID-19 PCR and serology tests.
If you have a positive test:
If you are a healthy individual and have symptoms (fever >100, dry cough, extreme fatigue, headache, nausea without vomiting, loss of smell, and/or loss of appetite) the recommendation is to STAY AT HOME rest, hydrate, and social distance (for the entire household.)
If you are experiencing any of the following do not wait to go to the ER
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
- Tests for past exposure: This type of test looks for antibodies which show if you have been exposed to COVID-19. This test does not guarantee continued immunity, or prove that you cannot be re-infected. However, it does tell you if you are contagious and could be spreading COVID-19 unknowingly.
Even if you have been antibody tested and are negative, we recommend you continue to follow the guidelines set up by the CDC and Pima County health department regarding social distancing, wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible or if you are feeling ill, to continue to prevent spread of COVID-19.
For more information please go to the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Welcome to Ars Nova Internal Medicine
Conveniently located on Orange Grove (East of La Cholla Blvd and next to Northwest Medical Center), Ars Nova Internal Medicine providers and staff are focused on one goal: partnering with you to manage your personalized health needs.
Dr. Christopher Puca has been practicing primary care internal medicine in Tucson since 1994 after relocating from Long Island where he was a medical director and practicing physician for a large multidisciplinary medical group. Ars Nova Internal Medicine was opened in 2010 by Dr. Christopher Puca and Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Tucker who had accompanied him from a previous practice, Mariposa Integrative Internal Medicine, that had closed. Dr. Puca realizes that we all have the ability to reduce suffering and maximize our happiness through the practice of mindfulness.
Dr. Puca is one of Tucson’s top-rated Primary Care Physicians who provides professional and personable care to adult patients. He focuses on optimizing the health of individuals in the Tucson community by encouraging life-style modifications.
Don’t wait any longer
Please call Ars Nova Internal Medicine today to schedule your appointment. At Ars Nova Internal Medicine, you can be assured of individualized and compassionate care.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
The Ars Nova Internal Medicine Team