COVID-19 Safety and Guidelines
We take our responsibility for the safety and well-being of our patients and staff seriously. Here are our guiding principals to ensure everyone’s safety:
- Face Masking: We are requiring all patients, staff, and providers to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth as they are allowed into our offices.
- Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screenings: All of our patients, staff, and providers are having their temperatures taken and are being screened as they are allowed to enter our offices.
- Physical Distancing: We have rearranged our offices so that patients, staff and providers can maintain appropriate physical distance. Even when physical distancing is not possible, the use of masks by all of us will still help provide protection.
- COVID-19 Cleaning: We routinely disinfect our premises with CDC-approved COVID-19 sanitizers, per a rigorous protocol. This protocol includes cleaning and disinfecting counters, exam tables, chairs, handles, etc. We apply the same procedures in sanitizing our keyboards, computers, and our common and staff areas.
- Visitor Restrictions: We request that you come alone to your appointment. Visitors that accompany a patient must be “essential” visitors, meaning a caregiver for those who need assistance.
- COVID-19 Testing: We are asking patients coming in for central facial (nose, lips, chin, inner cheeks) procedures to be tested for COVID-19 prior to arriving at the office to not put others at risk for spread of the virus. Please call our offices for details of scheduling, and the suggested PCR testing locations.
COVID 19 SYMPTOMS
Have you experienced any of the following in the last 24 hours?
- Fever (temp > 100), chills/shakes
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- GI upset/diarrhea (3 or more stools in 24 hours)
- Runny nose or congestion (not related to allergies)
- Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
- Eye redness +/- discharge (“Pink Eye,” not related to allergies)
In the past 10 days have you?:
- Been exposed to anyone COVID+
- Traveled outside the U.S.
- Had anyone at home who has had any symptoms of or tested positive for COVID-19
- Been confirmed/diagnosed yourself as having COVID-19
IF YOU ANSWER AFFIRMATIVE TO ANY OF THE ABOVE – WE WILL BE UNABLE TO SEE YOU
Please call your Primary Care Provider or your County Health Department for COVID -19 testing and guidance.
You may contact us after testing negative to COVID- 19, and being symptom-free for 5 days if your vaccinated or for a 10 day period if not, beginning when you have not had a fever for 3 Consecutive Days, and are not taking Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen [all of which would suppress a fever]. If after that time, you still have persistent respiratory symptoms [like a cough], you will need additional clearance before being seen.
Together we can support each other to remain healthy and help protect vulnerable members of our community.
Jeffrey H. Binstock, MD
Stephanie Cullinane, PA-C