IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Your health and safety is our highest priority. If you suspect you have Coronavirus, contact our office before seeking in-person care.
For your safety and the safety of our staff and other patients, please reschedule in-person appointments if you are or suspect that you may be ill with COVID-19. For your convenience, some appointments may be rescheduled as virtual visits. While masks are no longer required in our offices and surgery centers, you are certainly welcome to wear one, and may request that any staff member attending to your needs do the same.
If you have an in-office appointment, please remain in your car until we alert you by text message to come into the office. You must wear a face covering to your appointment. Anyone accompanying you must remain in the car unless otherwise authorized by our office.
Please stay focused on your health, continue to manage ongoing conditions and contact us with any questions about your care plan
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Current information shows that older adults and people with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. Although it is possible for everyone, including young people, to be affected, your individual risk is low. Similar symptoms may occur with the seasonal flu, so it is very important that you receive a flu vaccine.
Watch for Symptoms
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 or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Purple or red bumps on toes, hands or feet
If you are experiencing these symptoms, or have any other unusual symptoms, contact our office.
*Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, or bluish lips or face. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We strongly recommend the following:
- If you have any flu-like symptoms, such as fever, a dry cough and/or shortness of breath, contact us.
- Take common-sense preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes and then immediately wash your hands.