Coronavirus Update from Augusta Dental
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff.
- On Wednesday March 25th, Governor Northam signed an executive order mandating that medical and dental offices postpone all non-emergency procedures through Friday, April 24th, due to a nationwide and global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff who are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The press release from the governor’s office can be found here, and the executive order can be read in its entirety at this link.
- If you have an appointment scheduled during that time period, we will contact you on or before Friday, April 24th to reschedule.
- If you have an appointment and you or someone in your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms, or if you have traveled internationally within the past 14 days, please call our office at 540-885-4589 and leave a message to reschedule.
- If you are a patient of record and are having a dental emergency, you can reach us by calling our answering service at 540-416-2094. We will then contact you to either schedule an appointment or possibly address the emergency over the phone.
- If you are not having a dental emergency, please call our office at 540-885-4589 and leave a message. We will return your call on or before Friday, April 23rd.
- We plan to resume providing all of our dental and dental hygiene services on Monday, April 27th.
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, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
We are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection.
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
We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Dr. Adam Salzberg and staff