Important Information Regarding COVID-19
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, I realize my patients have questions. As a dedicated health care professional, I want you to know that I remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of my patients and staff. In accordance to the New Mexico Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommendations, Cottonwood Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will discontinue all elective and non-emergent procedures until no sooner than March 30, 2020. When an emergency procedure arises, Cottonwood OMS strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort I have in place is to ensure the safety of my patients and staff. I want you to know that I am monitoring this situation very closely, and I will keep you updated regularly.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms. In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.
I thank you in advance and extend my gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
Joyce Jeffries, DDS
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
- UNM Health and New Mexico COVID-19 Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
- Presbyterian Healthcare