Coronavirus COVID-19 – What is our office doing to protect you? – Updated 3/16/20
These are indeed unprecedented times and we are once again adjusting our office procedures to try to keep all of our patients healthy and safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since before the first cases were confirmed in Michigan, we have made changes to first separate healthy and sick patients (mornings vs. afternoons) and then changed the manner in which we evaluate patients with fever (first contact by phone). Currently, there are now 53 confirmed cases in Michigan and rising. We are now taking even greater measures to keep everyone healthy and safe.
First, please know that it is our goal to contact and take care of every patient. Whether you are sick or just need routine health care, we will be here to help you.
According to the latest recommendations from the CDC:
— if you have a fever or cough you should stay at home. Please contact us and we can arrange for a phone or virtual visit to help you.
— if your symptoms are worsening or if you are short of breath, then you should go to an emergency room to be seen. Calling the ER to let them know you are coming ahead of time. Please contact us if you need any assistance to arrange this.
— gatherings of 50 people or more should be avoided for the next 8 weeks
— everyone over the age of 70 (especially those with underlying health problems) are at greatest risk for complications from COVID-19
Given these recommendations, we have arranged to expand our abilities to have virtual visits with patients. It will be our goal to keep everyone over the age of 70 at home and to help anyone that is ill through these visits.
Of course, other medical issues still exist. We will still be in the office to help everyone with their regular medical care. We have taken all possible precautions to ensure the safety of our office during this outbreak. If you are uncomfortable coming into the office, we will be happy to arrange a virtual visit or reschedule your appointment if there are not urgent issues.
We are here to help. Please let us know what we can do for you.
We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may bring. We hope that these are temporary and short-lived changes.
Thank you for your continued trust in our office and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
The Physicians and Staff at Haller and Hug, PC.