At South Hills Orthopaedics, patient safety and well-being has always been our first priority. In light of recent concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), patients should be assured that we employ the highest standards of safety and infection control protocols. We are actively monitoring developments and news regarding local outbreaks and will take further action if necessary.
To align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local and regional departments of health recommendations, we ask that patients call SHOSA before arriving for all appointments if they meet any of the following criteria:
1. Do you or have you had symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 7 days?
- Does anyone or has anyone you live with had symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 7 days?
- Are you, or someone you live with, currently quarantined to monitor for these symptoms?
- Have you been tested, or has anyone you live with been tested for COVID-19, and are currently awaiting testing results?
2. Have you, or anyone you live with, been in potential contact with a person known to have COVID-19?
3. Have you, or anyone you live with, traveled to any areas with COVID-19 outbreaks within the last 14 days (including travel within the United States).
If any of the above criteria apply to you (i.e you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Please call to discuss rescheduling your appointment.
If none of the above criteria apply to you (i.e. you answered “NO” to ALL of the above criteria), please come in. But please DO NOT bring guests, other than a necessary caregiver.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure, the CDC recommends the following measures:
• Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
• Read more about the CDC’s virus prevention recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.
Thank you for helping contain the spreading viruses in our community,
The Staff and Physicians of South Hills Orthopaedics