Keeping Patients Healthy
Dear Patients and Parents,
Schroeder Orthodontics is committed to doing our part in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rest assured we follow all CDC recommendations regarding sterilization of instruments, surfaces and workspaces. We have implemented additional layers of infection control to protect our patients and staff members, and will follow all updated recommendations from the CDC as we are monitoring those changes daily. We encourage everyone in our community to take steps to minimize the spread of the virus as dictated by the CDC. Emerging information regarding this virus is dynamic and updated regularly.
Governor Abbott issued an executive order restricting healthcare professionals and facilities. According to the Executive Order No. GA-09, “beginning now and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician;”
“PROVIDED, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the personal protective equipment needed to cope with the COVID- 19 disaster.”
Since the Governor is addressing a shortage of hospital capacity, it is imperative that dental clinicians care for emergency patients in a timely manner rather than referring them to emergency facilities. The governor also pointed out in his comments that violation of executive orders could lead to potential fines and even jail time for those who do not comply.
The health and safety of our patients and staff is a top priority. We ask each of you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by limiting your attendance at social gatherings and large public events. Wash your hands regularly and isolate yourself if you begin experiencing symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. The cancellation of mass gathering events can dramatically help flatten the curve for the spread of the coronavirus disease.
We will contact you as soon as possible about rescheduling any appointments that are currently scheduled during the affected dates.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Smiles4u@schroederorthodontics.com. We appreciate your understand during this time.
Dr. Schroeder and Staff