Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
We are committed to the safety of our patients and staff. Our goal is to continue providing high quality healthcare to the community while following CDC recommendations to keep our patients and staff safe. We have implemented the following policies to meet this goal:
1) Televisit Availability
- We now offer televisits to all patients so you can get the same quality care from the comfort of your home while reducing your exposure.
- We require all patients who have any COVID-19 symptoms to have a televisit rather than an in person visit. This helps us keep our staff and other patients safe.
2) COVID-19 Screening
- Every patient is screened for COVID-19 symptoms when making an appointment. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, a televisit is required.
- We now screen all visitors outside prior to entering the building. Anyone determined to be a risk is not allowed into the office.
3) Face Coverings Required
- All staff are required to wear a face covering at all times while in office.
- All visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times while in office.
- Face coverings include masks, cloth masks, bandanas, and scarves.
4) Social Distancing
- We have limited the number of people allowed to wait in the lobby. Our goal is to room patients immediately upon arrival.
- Non-essential guests are asked to wait outside.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
What is social distancing?
Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.
To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.