Coronavirus (Covid19) Update
Dear valued patient,
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid19) via updates from the CDC, WHO, and Georgia Department of Health. As the virus spreads through our community, social distancing continues to remain one of the centerpieces of prevention.
Therefore, we are therefore instituting the following safety measures:
1) If you are ill with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, have any possible COVID-19 exposures, or have traveled (domestic or international) in the past 2 weeks, please do not come to the office. If you suspect you need testing, please check with the following resources:
- Center for Disease Control/Coronavirus main website
- What to Do if You Get Sick - CDC
- For High-Risk People - CDC
- For Travelers - CDC
- Coronavirus - Georgia Department of Health
2) We are limiting the number of people who may accompany patients to their visits to one additional person.
3) Patients will be encouraged to wait in their cars if there is more than 1 person checking in and a staff member will call you to notify you to come into the office.
4) We will be taking the temperature of everyone who comes to our facilities and won't admit anyone with a fever.
5) All physicians and staff, as well as patients, must wear a mask or cloth face covering.
When appropriate we are scheduling Telemedicine visits. We have been using the HIPAA compliant Zoom platform for telemedicine visits since Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and this has been working very well for patients. As you know, we are offering our patients telemedicine visits in the interest of public safety to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our community while continuing to provide essential medical care.
We as a practice will continue to follow the precautionary measures recommended by the CDC and our professional societies to keep our office as safe as possible for our patients, families, and staff.
Thank you for your understanding and continuing to partner with us to improve health outcomes.
Working together in our local community and as a nation, we will overcome this crisis.
Stay safe and healthy,
Dr. Paul Bernard and the staff of Pediatric Endocrine Specialists of Georgia.