Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update July 6, 2020
From Mind-Eye President: Zemen Abebe
An Important Message to All Current and New Patients:
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Issues Emergency Travel Order Directing Travelers from States Seeing a Surge in COVID-19 Cases to Quarantine Upon Arrival in Chicago effective July 6th. Exceptions to the order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed how we live, work, and care for our patients. Our doctors and staff remain committed to providing the exceptional service you expect while strictly maintaining a safe environment. We will continue to update you and offer further instructions as more information becomes available to us. In the interim, the Mind-Eye team has launched a new telehealth service that will enable patients to interact with one of our optometrists by mobile phone, computer or iPad. Click the link here to learn more about this option: https://mindeye.com/media/new-telehealth-appointment-options/
Please note that, as of June 26, 2020, the state of Illinois has transitioned to phase four of the pandemic. More businesses have re-opened, including hotels and restaurants, but they are required to follow a set of safety protocols established in accordance with federal, CDC guidelines. These guidelines, which include social distancing and outdoor-dining-only requirements, are intended to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For more detailed information about phase four, please visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-phase-4
As part of our commitment to you, our patients, the Mind-Eye Institute mandates that all doctors and staff adhere to strict safety and infection-control practices. These measures are designed to ensure a clean and secure environment for the protection of you and your loved ones during your visit to our offices. Required protocols include:
- Deep-cleaning and sanitizing all our offices and equipment daily before or after business hours
- Cleaning and sanitizing rooms and equipment in-between every patient appointment
- Practicing frequent staff handwashing and use of masks, gloves, and other protective equipment as necessary to minimize risks to patients, as well as to our doctors, technicians, opticians, and office personnel
- Ensuring social distancing by scheduling patients an hour apart and asking patients and families to remain in their vehicles until a doctor or technician is ready to see them.
- Offering masks, gloves and hand sanitizers to our patients and any family members or guests accompanying them.
- Strictly enforcing employee health hygiene practices, including frequent washing of hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.
- Effective May 1, Illinois requires that all residents and visitors wear a mask or face-covering in public indoor spaces. To keep our patients and employees safe, our clinic will adhere to this mandate.
To make or reschedule an appointment or obtain more information about our new telehealth option, please call our Mind-Eye office at 847-469-4159 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Mondays through Fridays or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zemen Abebe BSN, MSN, RN
The Mind Eye Institute
We Are Committed to Your Health and Safety*
*Our commitment cannot guarantee your health protection. Be careful.
What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
Protection measures for everyone
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 2 metre (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area.
- Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
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