A Statement From Metropolitan Endodontics
The Doctors of Metropolitan Endodontics have been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus. As leaders in the healthcare profession, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our patients, our dental teams and the community. Consistent with recommendations from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and the Minnesota Dental Association, we will postpone any non-emergent/ elective care for four weeks starting 3/17/2020. We took this very difficult decision seriously and propose the following plan of action subsequent to the four-week hiatus. We will still have availability to treat emergency patients and evaluate the emergent needs of endodontic issues.
While the official figures in Minnesota at this time are relatively low, we expect those numbers to grow in the coming weeks and in the interest of patient health, as the health of our team members and their families, these measures can play a role in limiting the spread throughout our entire community. We also expect these four weeks will give the CDC, ADA, and MDH time to establish additional safety measures above and beyond our already comprehensive universal standards of infection control.
The circumstances here in Minnesota and globally are changing quickly.
There are still a number of variables and unknowns, but this proactive measure is aimed to limit the spread and keep our patients, our community and our practitioners safe. Right now, our priority is to do our part to decrease the rate of transmission. Many of you have heard on the news in recent days of the importance of “flattening the curve” to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. If we can decrease the number of patients who require ICU care over the next several weeks, we will have done our part.
As dentists, we are a major part of health care delivery in the country, and continuously prioritize the overall health of the patient. Taking responsible action right now is the best thing we can do at this time for our patients, for our office teams, for our health care system and for our community.
At this challenging time, it is important to stay calm in the face of this storm and we will continue to use science and knowledge to help us navigate forward. We will get through this together while continuing to advocate for the profession and lead the nation in ensuring that we are doing our part in decreasing the transmission of this very serious health concern.
The Doctors of Metropolitan Endodontics
Important Information Regarding COVID-19
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice 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 we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we 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.
We thank you in advance and extend our 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.
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