Dear Valued Patient,
 
Our practice has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving developments relating to the Coronavirus. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our Patients and Staff, and want to let you know the precautions we are taking at this time.
 
  1. We’re responding to the most updated reports from the CDC and from state and local government agencies. 
  2. We have significantly increased the frequency of cleaning all of our facilities, with particular attention to patient check-in tablets, counter tops, exam chairs, bathroom facilities, door handles, seat arms and all points of common contact. 
  3. We encourage all patients to check in on their own mobile devices, preferably before their appointment. In-office mobile device check in is available. 
  4. We’ve increased signage around our facilities and are screening patients upon arrival for risk factors. 
  5. We are asking our staff to please stay home if they have a cough, cold or fever of any kind, or if they think that they may have been exposed to the virus. 
  6. We are asking patients If they have a significant cough, cold and particularly a fever and/or have recently traveled to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran, or they have been exposed to someone potentially infected with the Coronavirus, please contact their primary care physician or contact their local emergency room (if they do not have a primary care physician) for evaluation instead of scheduling an appointment at our office. 

All  of us are committed to keeping our facilities as clean and sanitary as possible.

Some helpful reminders:

  1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and always before eating or drinking. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill germs. 
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face with unwashed hands. 
  3. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it in the trash immediately. 
  4. If you have cold and flu symptoms, or are not feeling well, please stay home.

 
We are dedicated to providing a safe space for you and your family to receive the highest quality of care  and will continue to monitor this developing situation closely. In addition you can expect full compliance with recommendations and instructions from our local and state health departments.

I’ve attached a link to useful information from the CDC here: What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV))

Together, we can do our part to help contain this virus and continue to serve our patients the best we can.  

In Good Health,

Barbara Hessel MD and Staff.