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COVID-19 UPDATE

Safety for you, our staff, and the community is our number one priority.

Our offices are open and operating with enhanced safety protocols:

    • COVID-19 SCREENING:
      • In the office: We screen patients with an in-office appointment for signs of COVID-19 or potential exposure by telephone and in person. Patients showing signs of illness in person will be asked to schedule a telemedicine visit.
      • Prior to procedure: To help ensure a safe procedure experience, all patients are required to have the COVID-19 PCR NASAL SWAB test (no rapid tests) within 3-5 days prior to an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. We will help you arrange this. Prior nasal swab test results cannot be used if they were not done within 5 days of the procedure. Antibody test results also cannot be used in the place of a COVID-19 nasal swab. Based on guidance from the Department of Health, prior COVID-19 vaccination does not exclude you from this requirement.
    • TELEMEDICINE APPOINTMENTS: We offer in-office and telemedicine appointments to all patients. Please call the office to schedule your preferred appointment type, or we can advise on which type of appointment would be best for you.
    • SOCIAL DISTANCING: We have taken a number of steps to reduce contact among patients and staff. Some of those steps include encouraging patients to fill out their intake form online prior to arriving, limiting the number of appointments per hour, and limiting escorts to those patients who need them (e.g., language barrier, assistance due to age or disability).. We also installed plexiglass partitions at the front desk and rearranged the waiting room to allow for easy social distancing.
    • MASKS: All physicians, staff, patients, and escorts are required to wear facemasks in the office at all times. Patients and escorts may wear either a surgical mask or cloth covering.

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