Please follow these important guidelines:
- One accompanying adult is permitted for pediatric patients and those requiring physical assistance.
- Drivers, family, and friends should wait in their vehicles unless their presence is necessary and approved.
- Masks are required as we are a health care facility. If you don’t have a mask, a surgical mask will be provided to you.
Risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is low if you are fully vaccinated and boosted. Most patients who are infected will have mild upper respiratory symptoms including fever, nasal congestion, and cough. A minority of patients can however develop pneumonia and some of these will require hospitalization. A small proportion of these patients have a fatal outcome. Those at the greatest risk are elderly and people with chronic medical conditions such as COPD (emphysema), diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. So far the data appears to show that the overwhelming majority of children have a mild upper respiratory illness, or no illness at all from this virus.
Since the illness is predominantly spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, it is imperative that everybody practices proper hygiene. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not available. Cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm or a tissue. Importantly, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. And, continue to wear a mask that is well-fitted to your face.