The news in Colorado has been full of stories about the new coronavirus (commonly referred to as the COVID-19 or Wuhan virus). Confirmed Colorado cases as of today’s evening news stand at 49. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “[i]n 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms.” Unfortunately, the virus has the potential to be more dangerous for the elderly, especially those with underlying medical conditions. With this in mind, we want to let you know the steps we are taking in our office to protect patients.
Health Safety Procedures
One of our primary areas of focus is and always has been the health and well-being of our staff and patients. We follow universal precautions with all patients, including the use of gloves and masks. Instrument sterilization happens in between patients. Chairs and counter tops also receive disinfection between patients. In addition to these standard procedures, we are disinfecting door handles, light switches and other surfaces that might be touched by visitors to our office more often than normal. We even disinfect pens after use by patients. Tissues are available in the waiting room and operatories while hand sanitizer is on our front desk counter. We encourage patients to use both!
If Sick, Reschedule!
Because we have a fair number of elderly patients who visit our office, we need your help. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. While we enjoy seeing and visiting with you, we encourage you to be more cautious than usual. As always, we will work with you to reschedule your appointment.
Additional information about the virus can be found at the El Paso County Public Health website.
We value and appreciate you, our patients. Thank you for trusting us with your dental care.