122020Mar

We are monitoring the developments of the spread of Coronavirus and taking appropriate precautions. Currently, there have been 9 cases of COVID-19 in Arizona but no deaths. While no one can guarantee a virus-free environment, there are things we as a practice and you as an individual can do to help stop the spread of illness in our community.

Precautions at Kachina Family Practice
As always, we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. We are continuing conscientious sanitary practices and have taken some additional precautions in our office:
• We regularly sanitize surfaces, equipment, handles, and other frequently touched items.
• New Sick Area: patients with active upper respiratory infections will now have a separate waiting area not in the common lobby, and sick and well patients will be brought back through separate doors.
• All patients with upper respiratory symptoms will be provided a mask at check-in to wear throughout their visit. Masks are available for other patients as well, if desired.
• Employees will wear masks as needed.
• We follow requirements and guidelines provided by the CDC and OSHA.

What You Can Do
Basic sanitation helps stop the spread of disease and decreases your risk of all infections.
• Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough (wear a mask or cough into your sleeve, not your hands).
• Disinfect frequently touched objects, especially during an active infection.

What to do if you are sick, or exposed to Coronavirus
• If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose), get evaluated by a healthcare professional. We are happy to evaluate all upper respiratory illnesses at Kachina Family Practice. It is also an option to visit an urgent care facility or emergency room.
• We can perform testing for a variety of upper respiratory illnesses. When COVID-19 is suspected, testing will be performed in our office. We will follow the guidelines and collaborate with the Arizona Dept of Health.
• If you have recently traveled to an area with widespread community infection (Level 3 Travel Health Notice) or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home except to receive medical care for 14 days from the time of exposure.

For current information and updates:
• Arizona Dept of Health
• Center for Disease Control and Prevention
• Travel Advisory

Best Regards,

Kachina Family Practice


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