COVID-19 / Coronavirus Response

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 UPDATE

To all of our patients, visitors, and guests: thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and assistance as we navigate the COVID-19 landscape!!! With that in mind, we have a few updates for you in regards to office procedures and policies:

*Patients, visitors, caregivers, and minors 2 years of age and older must wear a mask/face covering while in our office. If you don’t have a mask with you, please let us know and we will provide you with one.

*We have a limit of 2 people per visit. We would prefer that just the patient come in for the visit if at all possible; if necessary, one caregiver or medical decision maker may attend, too.

*If the waiting room is full when you check-in, you may be asked to wait in your car until we have a room ready for you – THIS IS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

*If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 illness, please reschedule or request a telemedicine visit.

*We will continue to prescreen patients and visitors by checking your temperature, as well as inquiring about any recent travel, symptoms, or exposure(s).

*We ask that the New Patient paperwork please be completed prior to arrival.

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The health and safety of our patients and staff are the top priority here at Prairie Orthopaedic.

In light of recent events surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prairie Orthopaedic is taking additional steps to ensure that we are able to provide the safest care environment  possible for all who come through our doors. To that end, we have made some changes to the manner in which patient calls and in-person appointments are handled. Any unrecognized case of COVID-19 jeopardizes everyone’s health, as well as our ability to continue to operate as a medical facility.

What this means for you, as a patient of Prairie Orthopaedic:

Upon arrival to your appointment:

*We have removed seating in the waiting room to allow for proper social distancing, which means that you may be asked to wait in your car after checking in if the waiting room is full when you get here.

*We also ask that if you own a cloth face mask/face covering that you please wear it to your appointment if at all possible.

*We will ask if you have any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19, as advised by the CDC: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat, etc.

*We will ask about possible exposure to someone with aforementioned symptoms.

*We will ask about recent travel to areas with high prevalence of COVID-19.

If you have any questions prior to your appointment, please call us. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community as healthy as possible.

If you are calling to make an appointment, you will be asked these pre-screening questions over the phone*:

1.Have you had any known exposure to, or contact with, any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19/Coronavirus?

2.Have you or anyone in your household traveled to any area of high incidence of COVID-19/Coronavirus, either within the United States or abroad?

3.Do you have any of the following symptoms?

•Fever of 100.4 or higher

•Cough

•Shortness of breath

•Sore throat

*If you answer YES to any of these questions, it’s important that you call and let us know so that we can discuss alternative visit options, such as a phone visit, a telemedicine visit, or before/after hours visit.

Prairie Orthopaedic will continue to monitor events as they unfold within the community, as well as updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local authorities and will provide updates as they are available.