The CDC today released updates to three guidance documents now available on its website. These updates have been made to reflect the high levels of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools.
The key changes outlined in the guidance for COVID-19 infection prevention and control update include:
The following are changes to Source Control:
The following are changes to Universal PPE:
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these unusual times. In June of 2021 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine removed all emergency health orders for Ohio citizens and all Ohioans have easy access to free vaccinations if they choose them. Other government agencies like OSHA continue to provide guidance on COVID protocols. Vaccinated citizens and those who have recovered from Covid-19 and have confirmed antibodies appear to have sufficient protection for themselves and others. Vaccinated patients may continue to social distance and wear masks at their discretion. COVID protocols and warnings are posted outside and inside our clinic. We ask that unvaccinated pateints to follow CDC and OSHA guidance posted at our clinic and any patient with COVID-like symtoms reschedule. Patients with any potential COVID-like symtoms will be asked to immediately leave the clinic as a precaution for the safety of other patients. Appropriate arrangements will be made for emergency eye care needs.
Patient & staff safety is our top priority. It is important that every patient feel safe and comfortable. When you wear a mask, we wear a mask. We must balance providing necessary eye care with strong COVID precautions. As a medically-focused full spectrum eye care clinic, our cleaning protocols pre-date COVID and we have been at the forefront of strict COVID protocols that allow us to continue to safety provide critical eye care to our community in a safe environment. Our doctors are vaccinated to help protect patients and we continue to follow strict health protocols, cleaning, and mask-wearing during exams.
Our goal is protection for patients who need it and choice for those who do not. We will continue to provide digital intake forms and provide curbside delivery and in-car waiting options. If you need special accommodations, we are happy to provide those. Please indicate your needs when you request an appointment.
Based on medical data and government guidance, vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Coivd-19 and have antibodies have sufficient protection for themselves and others and are no longer required to wear masks, including in our office. Patients without antibodies or vaccination protectionshould wear masks and social distance or choose vaccination prior to visiting our office until we have updated protocols.
Telehealth visits by eye doctors may be available for some treatment and self-quarantine patients.
Please call our office with questions. We will actively monitor conditions, act proactively to protect patients and staff and adjust as appropriate.