COVID 19 – Announcement
We have temporarily changed our business hours at each of our locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting Monday, March 23rd until further notice. We will be scheduling patients from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Please contact your preferred location to schedule an appointment.
Wright & Filippis is taking the CDC recommendations seriously as well as working proactively in light of the new mandates and ever-changing requirements as the Coronavirus- COVID 19 continues to spread throughout our country.
Wright & Filippis is taking a proactive stance in ensuring that we use all precautions in protecting our employees and patients. In collaboration with area hospitals, clinics and the CDC, we have established the following procedural standards.
1. Stay Home When You Are Sick
A best practice is to avoid contact with people who are sick. The CDC said that if you are ill you should try to distance yourself from others, so you do not spread your germs.
If you answer “Yes” to the following questions please call to let us know you need to reschedule your appointment. Additionally please call your physician and seek their advice for screening.
Question 1: Have you traveled outside the United States recently?
Question 2: Have you been exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a person who has been required to self-quarantine?
2. Our Facilities Are Cleaned
Wright & Filippis encourages employees to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as keyboards, remote controls, desks, countertops, patient waiting areas and doorknobs. Will regular cleaning products kill the bug? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said coronaviruses are among “the easiest to kill” with the appropriate disinfectant product.
3. Wash Your Hands
The CDC has said that keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid the spread of germs. The agency recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- After using the bathroom
- Before eating food.
- After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.
- After caring for someone who is sick or after changing a child’s diaper.
- After handling pets or other animals or their food and waste.
- After touching garbage.
The CDC advises that alcohol-based hand sanitizers should contain 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol, but washing with soap and water is preferable, particularly if hands are visibly dirty. Wright & Filippis provides soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the facility and ensures that adequate supplies are maintained.
4. Practice Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette
Considering how similar viruses spread, people infected with COVID-19 may be spreading the virus through respiratory secretions when they cough or sneeze, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Existing OSHA standards apply to protect workers from COVID-19. The CDC noted that previous outbreaks of coronavirus have spread through close contact with sick people. To help prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends:
- Avoiding coughing or sneezing into your hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
- Putting used tissue in a wastebasket.