COVAD-19 UPDATE

Updated March 19, 2020


To our cherished patients,

As the global effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Retina Associates of South Texas, PA, is firmly committed to the health and safety of our patients and employees. We are closely monitoring the changing situation and complying with public health guidance. Our offices remain open and will continue to operate with a heightened sensitivity to maintaining a safe work environment for our patients and employees. We’ve increased our protocols in sanitizing surfaces and we kindly ask if you have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, experiencing fever, cough, and any flu like symptoms to reschedule their appointment.

What You Can Expect From Us

As new information becomes available management is keeping staff and patients well informed so they can respond swiftly and appropriately. While the circumstances continue to change and we modify our operations as necessary, we thank you for your patience and cooperation. As new developments occur, be assured we are committed to taking care of our patients and employees and to our mission of providing exceptional patient care.

We urge everyone to follow the CDC guidelines in protecting yourself:

Clean Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover Coughs And Sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear A Facemask If You Are Sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean & Disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For your convenience, below are some of the references and resources for your consideration:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Thank you,
Retina Associates of South Texas, PA



 
         
   
 

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