What our patients should know about Coronavirus (Covid-19)
March 24, 2020 Update
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and Governor Whitmer’s recent Executive Order, Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon has taken the following actions:
- We have been screening all patients coming into any of our offices for the last two weeks.
- On March 23 at 5pm, we temporarily closed our Grand Haven office in order to consolidate our operations as directed.
- On March 24 at 8pm we will also be shifting our Urgent Care location from Entrance B to Entrance A for the same reasons.
- Closing these two locations will allow us to continue taking care of the community’s urgent orthopaedic needs in our Muskegon Entrance A location while also complying with the actions necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible.
- Many of our staff will be home until we can safely have them return and business returns to normal.
We are currently planning to be open to meet the orthopaedic needs of our patients on the following dates and times:
Wednesday, 3/25 – 8am to 6pm
Thursday, 3/26 – 8am to 6pm
Friday, 3/27 – 8am to noon
Week of April 1 – 7am to 6pm Monday through Thursday at our main Muskegon office at 1400 Mercy Drive, Entrance A.
Walk-in care for urgent orthopaedic issues is still available.
Our screening at the door includes asking the following three questions and taking each person’s temperature.
- Do you currently have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you travelled internationally in the past 14 days?
- Have you had close contact with an individual with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or who is currently being evaluated?
For safety reasons, we ask that you do not come in if your answer to any of these questions is yes OR you have a fever OR someone in your household has been exposed to Coronavirus. If any of these are true, then the safest thing for you to do is to CALL your primary care physician. They have the ability to ask you questions and direct your health care. They are fully prepared to further evaluate your health. Our physicians will also respond to any orthopaedic needs at Mercy Health or North Ottawa Community Hospital.
Like you, we are looking forward to returning to normal in the future. In the meantime, we hope and pray that our staff, patients, colleagues, and community stay safe during this pandemic.
Please call us at 1-231-733-1326 if you have any immediate orthopaedic needs.
Non-Essential Procedures Postponed
In accordance with Governor Whitmer's executive order No. 2020-17, all non-essential procedures must be temporarily postponed until the termination of the state of emergency. For purposes of this order, “non-essential procedure” means a medical or dental procedure that is not necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a patient.
For the safety of our patients and our staff, if you are experiencing a cold or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you defer any appointments until you are symptom-free.
In addition, we ask that patients who have recently traveled to the following areas wait 14 days after their return to schedule any appointments:
- South Korea
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure, the CDC recommends the following measures:
Many types of injuries and diseases have an effect on your bones immediately and over a length of time. We are committed to using non-surgical treatments whenever possible in order to maintain and manage the health of your bones and muscles. An important part of our care is to discuss treatment options with you and involve you fully in the medical decision making process.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Read more about the CDC’s virus prevention recommendations.
Policy and Prevention Flyers
Download this pdf to use the flyers for handouts or signage.