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COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Update

March 20, 2020:
In light of recent federal and state recommendations, we will be rescheduling all elective procedures (which would include screening and non-urgent colonoscopies and EGDs) to a later date.
We understand that this is an inconvenience during an already stressful time, but this allows us to use our resources for patients who urgently need procedures while also freeing up vital resources for our local healthcare system. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to coordinate with our healthcare system to best serve the needs of our patients and community.

March 12, 2020:

We are prescreening all patients in the following manner:
1) If you have been out of the country within the last 3 weeks or have been in contact with anyone who has been out of the country recently, please call us so we can determine whether it is safe for you to come in for your appointment.
2) If you have a sore throat, shortness of breath, and/or a high fever, please call us so we can reschedule for a time when you are feeling better.

In addition to our regular disinfecting procedures, we are taking extra precautions to sanitize all common areas with EPA-registered disinfectant multiple times a day.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and drink plenty of fluids!

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes, or possibly shakes hands with a non-infected person.
The best protection is to avoid exposure to the virus.
πŸ‘‘ Avoid close contact to people who are sick, (6 ft. from a visibly sick person is recommended.)
πŸ‘‘ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
πŸ‘‘ Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
πŸ‘‘ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. If you have no tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow to avoid viral contact with your hands.
πŸ‘‘ Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
πŸ‘‘ No mask is necessary if you do not have symptoms or have previous travel or personal contact exposure.

If you become sick…
β˜€οΈ And have symptoms of cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, STAY HOME.
β˜€οΈ Call your doctor and report symptoms, they will evaluate and suggest treatment.
β˜€οΈ Wear a facemask and cover you sneezes and coughing to prevent further exposures.
β˜€οΈ Clean your hands frequently, drink plenty of fluids, rest as much as possible.
β˜€οΈ Do not share utensils, dishes or bedding with family members, protect them as well.
β˜€οΈ Cancel appointments and family get-togethers until symptoms are resolved.