COVID-19: Update on steps we are taking to minimize exposure.
With the recent announcement by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey that the state will be transitioning to the “Safer at Home” recommendations on Thursday April 30, we wanted to provide patients an update on our practice and plan moving forward into next month.
We sincerely appreciate the patience of those with chronic and non-emergent conditions that have been awaiting an opportunity to return to the office for management. We have been monitoring the local infection rates closely and are eager to get back to work to care for our patients. We must also continue to diligently follow recommendations of our federal and state public health officials and our national ENT Academy to mitigate risks of COVID-19 exposure to our patients and staff.
Starting on Friday, May 1st , we will resume seeing routine patients in the office. We will be asking patients to adhere to the following rules while in the office:
- All adult patients and office staff will wear a mask while in the clinic. Unfortunately, due to supply concerns, we will not be able to provide masks for anyone
- Temperature screens will be performed at check in
- Only the patient or patient +caregiver will be allowed in the clinic
Additionally, all of our staff is being closely monitored to ensure they are not carrying or transmitting the virus. We are using all recognized and recommended universal precautions (sterilizing rooms and equipment, washing hands with soap and hot water, using sanitizer, gloves and masks when appropriate) to ensure a clean and safe environment for both patients and employees.
Please continue to take all reasonable steps to protect yourself by using basic hygiene procedures (cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze into a tissue or cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, immediately wash your hands with soap and hot water, use hand sanitizer, etc.) to aid in preventing the possible transmission of the virus.
Should you have further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.
Please use the following resources to learn more about the virus and its presence in Alabama:
Alabama Dept. of Public Health:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)