May 11, 2020 Update
We are committed to improving the lives of women every single day and our response to the Coronavirus is no exception to that commitment. As many of you know, this is an evolving issue with new information daily. We want to assure you that as a health care organization we are closely monitoring directives from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of Health and other news sources. We are providing information and training to our staff to ensure that all of our patients receive the best and safest care possible.
Effective May 11, 2020, we have revised our visitor policy consistent with CDC recommendations for social distancing and are asking that when you come in for a scheduled appointment, that you please come alone and wear a face mask or other facial covering while in the office.
With the exception of small children (who must also be wearing a mask/face covering), only scheduled patients will be allowed in the waiting area and exam rooms. All other guests will be asked to wait outside the reception area in the atrium.
We have made this decision to reduce potential exposure of our patients, staff and providers. We encourage you to stay current with recommendations from the CDC for social distancing.
While research is ongoing, there is currently no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus or any medication to cure the infection. Supportive care, including hospitalization and even intensive care as needed, has been used to successfully manage symptoms. As a reminder, if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, have fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or fatigue, please contact our office by phone to be screened before your visit.
We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about Coronavirus by visiting the following websites:
Our practice remains open to serve you and ask that if you have symptoms you call first. Coronavirus is an evolving issue. Please do not hesitate to follow the Center for Disease Control’s website or call our office with any questions.
Stay home, stay safe.
Steps we are takingAll staff members are receiving instruction and ongoing updates about COVID-19, hand hygiene and other safety measures to decrease the likelihood of contracting or transmitting the infection. We are screening all patients to identify those who are having symptoms. Each patient has her temperature taken before allowed entry into the exam area We disinfect and sanitize all areas of exam room after each patient
Precautions you should takeAvoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Symptoms of COVID-19Cough Fever Difficulty breathing Sore throat Mild to severe respiratory illness, particularly in older people
If you have any of these symptomsTo limit potential exposure to other patients, do not go to your doctor’s office without calling first. If you are instructed to go to a doctor’s office or Emergency Department, notify the front desk staff of your symptoms immediately upon arrival so they can provide you with a mask and isolate you. Tell your health care provider about any recent travel or contact with people who have traveled internationally. Your health care provider will work with the Texas Department of Health and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.