July, 2020: Recently, Governor Abbott slowed down Texas' Plan to re-open. Not unexpectedly, case numbers have continued to climb as more uninfected people interact those that may not know they are infected. This is often due to minimal symptoms or lack of symptoms. Given the highly infectious nature of COVID 19, the goal to open the economy will always have an inherent risk of exposure. Our clinic will continue with its goal of attaining best practices regarding cleaning and social distancing. ( Details of Governor Abbott's latest recommendations for Texas citizens and businesses can be viewed here:https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx#protocols )
The New Normal: ONTO Orthopedics and ONTO Motion/Orthopaedic Therapy are providing in person and telemedicine visits. Your safety is a top priority for us. In person visits will continue to be scheduled to minimize time in the waiting room and person to person contact. When you arrive at the clinic please call to notify our staff so that we can process your visit as quickly as possible while you wait in you your car.
Masks are Back in Style! Do to the uptick in corona infection counts in our community, we are now requiring that patients, family, and guests visiting the clinic in person wear masks: Various government and international health agencies have issued varying recommendations regarding the use of masks while in public and while in closed spaces. On the margin it is our view that mask use may decrease the risk of transmission of the COVID virus. While there is little evidence that the virus is readily transmissible outdoors, we are updating our policy to require wearing masks in our clinic. If you cannot obtain a mask and need one, we will attempt to provide you one when you arrive for your appointment.
What Will Happen Upon Arrival to Our Clinic:
You must wear a mask.
Your temperature will be checked.
You will be given hand sanitizer
PLEASE REMEMBER, KEEPING EACH OTHER HEALTHY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT -- LET'S ALL DO OUR PART !
As always, we do appreciate your patience and understanding. And have a safe and healthy July 4th holiday.
Shawn A. Hayden MD and the Clinic Staff