To all our patients,

As we closely follow the situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand and share the concerns you have for yourself and your families. Our team will continue to provide the highest quality of care while adhering closely to infection control standards and sterilization techniques, as set by the CDC.

Prevention is our priority, especially during cold and flu season. Common coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to the common cold, such as: fever, cough, sore throat, and overall not feeling well (tired and lethargic). The symptoms for the current COVID-19 are: Fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.

For the safety of our community, here are some tips to reduce the spread of germs:

Hand washing – wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.

Avoid close contact with those that are ill or experiencing the previously mentioned symptoms.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, if you are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

Stay home from work or school until you are free of fever, signs of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, and without use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications.

Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza. Call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility if any of these symptoms are exhibited.

In order to assure the safety and well-being of our patients and families, if you or your child is ill, please contact our office to reschedule their appointment to a time when they are symptom-free.

If you have been in contact with ill individuals, please take caution as symptoms may take from 1 to 14 days to start appearing while you are still contagious in that time.

If you have other children who are ill, and planning to attend an appointment, please refrain from bringing them into our reception area. This will attempt to keep other families free from exposure while they attend their appointment.

We will continue to monitor any further developments involving the virus and inform you if we have any changes in our care. Thank you for doing your part to stay informed and help in the prevention of spreading these illnesses.

For additional information, click on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link: https://www.cdc.gov

Sincerely,

The Team at East Lansing Orthopedic Association & SMG Orthopedics