Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Posted in News | March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020
As we are all aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dramatically affecting our daily lives. We wish to remain available to our patients, as long as we can do so in a healthy, safe environment and in accordance with state, local and federal guidance. We may need to adjust our schedule in these challenging times; please be patient with us.
As a medical facility, we already practice “universal precautions” to protect ourselves and our patients against any kind of contamination, and we have reinforced these protocols.
All of our staff are trained to follow the most current CDC guidelines to limit the spread of the virus, including how we interact with and protect patients and how we disinfect waiting areas, exam rooms, and diagnostic equipment in between patients. We have increased the frequency of our disinfecting protocols and are constantly sanitizing our equipment to maintain its sterility.
We do, however, have a few requests to help keep our patients and staff safe:
To minimize the number of people in our waiting rooms, please do not bring friends or relatives with you, unless they are necessary for your care and are symptom-free.
If you have a fever or symptoms/signs of lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath) in the last 14 days, please call us and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.
If you have or someone you are in close contact with has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy in the last 30 days, please let us know and we will reschedule your appointment.
If you have had close contact with a suspected or laboratory confirmed COVID-19 individual in the last 30 days, please let us know and we will reschedule your appointment.
Please follow the CDC’s recommend advice (below)
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of these diseases to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
If you develop life-threatening conditions such as severe shortness of breath, changes in mental status, severe dehydration, or other complications, don’t hesitate to dial 911.