Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, and more. All staff have received both doses of the vaccine. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. “Social distancing” strategies are used in the office as much as possible.
Patients and staff who have flu-like symptoms, feel feverish,or have temperatures of 100.4°F (38°C) or greater are asked to please not enter our office building. We will be taking special COVID-19 precautions as recommended by the CDC and ADA. Patients are asked to enter the building with a cloth face mask or bandanna. If you do not have a face mask/bandanna we can provide one or you may choose to kindly wait in your vehicle and we will notify you by phone when you are ready to be seated. No contact forehead thermometers will be used to check body temperature. A surgical room is available with negative pressure air flow to direct aerosols away from the patient and staff and increase air exchange. Exit and entry into the office can now be accomplished without using your hands. If you have have COVID-19 symptoms, we will need to reschedule you 10 days after symptoms first appeared and 24 hours after fever has broken. Those who test positive for but never develop symptoms should also isolate for 10 days from the date of their first COVID-19–positive test. Individuals with severe disease and/or those who are immunocompromised may need to self-isolate for 20 days following the initial manifestation of symptoms.
Current vaccines are shown to prevent severe and symptomatic COVID-19. There is limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. In addition, the efficacy of the vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants is not known. At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance regarding masks and social distancing.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can provide a very safe treatment environment for staff and patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
Cold vs Flu vs Allergies vs COVID-19 symptoms SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, CDC, WHO
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
- Corona virus: What You Need to Know
- Staying Social During Social Distancing
- Gallatin City-County Health Department
215 W Mendenhall St
Bozeman, MT 59715-3478
Phone: (406) 582-3100