Our Safety Plan To Reopen
It’s been a long, long, long 8 weeks! We’ve all done our part and stayed at home but now it’s time to find our way to a “new normal” and get back to life again.
We understand that some people just aren’t ready to be out yet, that’s OK. You do what you feel is in your own best interest.
We also know that some people are at a higher risk of complications if they do get exposed to the virus and get COVID-19 (the disease from the virus). If you fall into that group, or live with someone in that group, you should wait a while longer before venturing out and resuming more normal activities.
We are asking those people that are considered high risk to continue to follow the Governor’s recommendations and continue to stay at home a while longer…June 15th is the new date for those in this category.
So, who is high risk?
Anyone over the age of 60
Anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, an autoimmune disease, diabetes, clinical obesity.
Anyone currently undergoing cancer treatment or any other treatment that suppresses your immune system and makes you more prone to “catching” things like colds or getting more sick if you do.
We are asking you to continue to protect yourself as much as possible and delay coming in for any consultations or treatments with us at this time.
For everyone else, WELCOME BACK!!
What We Are Doing Different To Provide A Safe Environment
While we are opening our doors for business, its anything but business as usual. We are implementing a lot of new processes to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for both our staff and each person that visits our office.
Please be aware that our processes are mandatory and not optional for you to adhere by. If you don’t want to follow our guidelines and processes, that’s your choice, but we will not allow you to enter our office or will escort you out if we need to.
So if you schedule an appointment with us, you are agreeing to follow our processes and instructions from our staff at all times. We are doing this for YOUR protection as well as our own.
Please do not come into the office if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, or diarrhea or someone you live with is experiencing these symptoms.
Please do not come into the office if you or someone you live with has tested positive for COVID-19 or is currently suspected of having COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.
Please do not come in the office if you or someone you live with has recently traveled to or from any location that is currently considered a COVID-19 “hot spot” including but not limited to any country outside the US, New York State, New Jersey, Chicago, Daughtery County, GA.
If you don’t fall into any of these categories, you will be instructed to follow our guidelines when scheduling and coming in for your appointment.
Do not bring anyone with you to your appointment. This includes a spouse, friend or children. No one without an appointment will be allowed in the office. You will only be allowed to come in at the time of your appointment.
Complete all your paperwork including consent forms through our online portal before coming into the office. We will not have an IPAD for you to complete these in our office as we normally do. You’ll be asked to go out to your car to complete the forms on your phone if you arrive and they are not complete or to reschedule your appointment for another day.
Please do not arrive early or late for your appointment. Our schedule is limited and staggered to ensure we can follow social distancing guidelines in the office as much as possible.
Upon arrival, please go to the restrooms in the hallway and wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
You will be required to wear a face covering the entire time you are in our office. Face coverings are not being provided, you must wear your own and it must completely cover your lower face including your nose and mouth.
Our front door will remain locked. Please ring the doorbell when you arrive and one of our staff will let you in as soon as no one else is in the lobby. We are cleaning the doorbell after every use, so it’s OK for you to touch it.
When you arrive we will be taking your temperature with a no-touch thermometer and asking you a series of COVID screening questions. You must pass this screening before being allowed into the office.
We will provide you with shoe covers to put on before entering the office.
Stay back from the front desk at least 6 feet until instructed to step forward.
Once you are in the consultation room or a procedure room, you must get staff approval before leaving. This is to ensure we can keep the social distancing requirements in our common areas. We’ll give you the OK to leave once we make sure no one else is at the front desk or front door.
Our staff will be wearing masks, gloves, and gowns as appropriate for the level of contact with you. These are changed frequently during your appointment and always between clients.
Our cleaning process has always included CDC recommended products for disinfecting common bacteria and viruses. We have only products that are recommended to use specific to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). We will be deep cleaning all rooms between clients with a more thorough process. Because of this, appointments will be limited to allow us the extra time to clean the rooms and all the equipment.
We are doing everything possible in the office to minimize the potential for exposure to this novel coronavirus. There is no way to completely eliminate the potential risk in any environment. Which is the reason we ask those people in the high risk groups to hold off on scheduling any non-essential appointments at this time.
Your health & safety are a priority for us!