We are all concerned about the potential spread of the “coronavirus 19 disease” or COVID-19. This is not a time to panic, but rather a time to take the tried and true precautions to prevent the spread of any disease. And remember; we are in the middle of a flu outbreak as well.
The tried and true precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease are:
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes).
Avoid close contact with people who have respiratory diseases and are actively coughing.
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK!
Clean frequently touched surfaces.
Patients on methadone or subutex
Staying home when you are sick may be difficult as a patient on methadone or subutex.
If you come to the clinic and you have an active cough, fever or shortness of breath, please see a nurse immediately to get a mask to wear. If you have a fever and/or are coughing, call and speak to one of our nurses in advance of your arrival at the clinic to explain your situation. We will make accommodations for medicating as necessary. If you are required to stay home due to closure of your child’s school or your having come in contact with someone who may be infected with COVID 19, please advise one of our nurses.
Working to make SouthLight clean and germ-free!
We are making every effort to keep SouthLight as “germ-limited” as possible. All our staff, as well as common areas, are equipped with hand sanitizer. All staff have cleansing wipes in their offices. Gloves are available if needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the Medical-Nursing Staff or other staff member. We have COVID-19 information table set up. There will be updates on our website, text messaging, as well as on the local news. In addition, the best website for COVID 19 information and updates is www.cdc.gov
Beware of fake news which is already circulating on social media.
Let’s all hope that this virus does get a stronghold in our area. Rest assured that we are constantly tracking the situation and revising our policies and procedures based on the current situation.
Michael Lancaster, MD, Medical Director