COVID-19 Precautions at St. Luke
“We are all aware of the Global Pandemic of the Covid-19 virus. Here at St Luke, we have been doing our part to protect our patients and staff. From our cleaning protocols to our new social distancing we are making all the necessary changes to prepare and protect our patients and staff. We are in compliance with local and national guidelines and will be open for our patient's treatments and care starting on June 29, 2020. We invite you to come and enjoy your normal expected treatments at your scheduled time. We kindly ask your family members to remain waiting in the car after assisting you to the door. However, If you are coming for a consultation, we do recommend you bring your chosen loved one to hear and participate in the evaluation and screening. We know this is an inconvenience and thank you for your compliance to help keep us and our community safe."
Charmaine Ortega MD
Information Regarding the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new strain of the Coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. This new virus is now spreading from person-to-person. As this is a new disease, we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
The virus appears to be spread through respiratory droplets (cough or sneeze). It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, although this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older adults and people who have underlying conditions like heart or lung disease, or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Take steps to protect yourself
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
2. Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
5. Put distance (about 6 feet) between yourself and other people.
6. Stay home if you are sick.
7. Cover coughs and sneezes. Throw away tissues and wash your hands.
8. Wear a face mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
9. Clean and disinfect surfaces.
10. Don’t panic!
If you have further questions about the extra precautions we're taking to protect your safety, please call (256) 801-4536.