We know many of our patients have questions about the risk of the COVID-19 virus and what precautions we are taking here in the office. We have been monitoring the situation closely and are following the CDC recommendations as they progress.
As of May 1st, we are required to have patients complete a COVID-19 questionnaire. We are implementing this with an online survey that can be completed before each appointment.
We are also required to utilize masks during all interactions. As such, we ask that some form of face covering be worn by all people entering the office. If you do not have a mask, a disposable one may be purchased at our office for $1.
We have implemented a telemedicine solution when applicable.
We have implemented temperature screening before appointments.
We are scheduling extra time so that there is no patient overlap and asking patients to come unaccompanied to their appointment when possible.
We are cleaning the office thoroughly after each patient, including the exam room, waiting room, restroom, and checkout desk.
We are wearing a mask at all times, and Dr. Pyne is wearing a gown during treatment, handwashing and sanitizing frequently, as well as using gloves when appropriate.
We do not provide acute care here in the office. This includes colds, flu, and any other upper respiratory symptoms. In accordance with our communicable disease policy, we are asking our patients to take extra care not to come to appointments if they are potentially contagious.
The current COVID-19 symptom/exposure guidelines include testing:
IF you have one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever (100.4 or greater), sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches, muscle pain, headache, congestion, runny nose, or new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
IF you have had significant exposure (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes total, over a 24-hour period.) to someone that has tested positive within the last 14 days.
IF you have been asked or referred to get testing by your healthcare provider, local or state health department.
For more accurate results, testing should be done 5-8 days after exposure, or sooner if symptoms develop.Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
For more symptom/exposure guidelines, visit our FAQ, the CDC website, or contact your local Texas county health department by dialing 211 or 877-541-7905.
To find COVID-19 testing, contact your local Texas county health department by dialing 211 or 877-541-7905, option 6. You can also search for testing on Curative or GoodRx.