Rest assured, we are actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and taking every precaution to keep our patients, physicians, and employees safe while in our facilities.
We are closely following the prevention recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As the circumstances with COVID-19 are constantly evolving, we will make any appropriate changes and communicate updates as needed.
According to information provided by the CDC, the coronavirus’s presence is currently limited, with approximately 1,000 cases reported in the United States and 31 suspected cases in the state of Georgia as of March 11, 2020. While the overall immediate health risk from coronavirus remains low, we want to follow recommendations in order to help contain the spread of this virus and keep our communities safe.
We ask that all patients and their guests who have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection (cough, runny nose, sore throat), or have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease to please reschedule their appointments and procedures. In addition, if you or a family member have traveled out of the country within the past 14 days, please notify our offices before coming in. Our team is available and eager to assist.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fatigue, cough, fever, shortness of breath), call your primary healthcare provider who can make recommendations as to whether you should self-treat at home, visit their office, or go to the emergency department. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Please keep in mind that the best way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease, including COVID-19, is through simple everyday practices such as:
- Diligent handwashing with soap and water
- Staying home when sick and avoiding contact with those who are sick
- Frequently cleaning commonly used surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, tabletops, etc.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Always covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or arm sleeve
For immediate updates on the COVID-19 situation, we recommend visiting the CDC and Georgia DPH websites.
Again, we want to assure you that your team at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates is taking the recommended steps as our number one priority will always be maintaining the well-being of our patients and our community.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.