ATTN Patients: If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms; cough, runny nose, body aches, or fever, we respectfully ask that you CALL our office to reschedule your appointment in two weeks from now.
Oregon Occupational Medicine remains open for our patients and we are closely monitoring new developments and best practices regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our patients and employees is of the utmost importance. The OOM team is working diligently, staying up-to-date on all of the latest research and information unfolding in this very fluid situation. Therefore, we’ve decided to raise our usual standards of cleanliness and health safety.
Oregon Occupational Medicine has always emphasized the importance of cleanliness. However, with the emergence of COVID-19, we are doubling down on best practices:
- Cleaning all equipment after each patients use
- Cleaning all high-touch surfaces such as door handles, counter tops multiple times per day
- Making hand sanitizer available to all patients and employees
- Staff is washing hands between each patient as well as wearing appropriate personal protective equipment when necessary
- Supplying patients with N95 masks if needed
Following are additional updates and recommendations based on guidance from state and local public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC);
- All individuals who are known to have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oregon are being followed by local and state health officials.
- Close contacts are people who have been within 6 feet of a confirmed case for more than one hour without protective gear. If you have not been in close contact with a confirmed case then you should report to work as usual.
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- COVID-19 likely is transmitted in a manner similar to other respiratory viruses, so protocols and procedures that OOM already has in place for influenza season are a good start in preventing the spread of the virus.
- Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to a confirmed case should contact their county health department directly.
- Individuals who have mild flu-like symptoms should not go to the emergency department, urgent care or outpatient clinics. Rather, they should remain home, and call their primary care clinician.
- Individuals with fever or respiratory symptoms should avoid visiting family/friends who are hospitalized until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Visitors who are sick may be asked to leave to protect the health of our patients and staff.
- All individuals at OOM — patients, visitors, and staff members — are expected to follow Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette, which includes covering a cough and sneeze, performing hand hygiene and masking of individuals with respiratory symptoms.
- Testing for COVID-19 is not widely available and requires approval from public health officials. Most individuals do not require testing. Read how to determine appropriate categories for testing. This information is updated and kept current based upon the evolving situation.
The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available at:
Call 2-1-1 from a mobile phone; 503-222-5555 from a land line or email firstname.lastname@example.org for general information.