COVID-19 Update: Important Information Regarding Patient Care
Revised March 15, 2020
In our ongoing effort to safeguard the health of our entire community during this challenging time, we will be exercising maximum social distancing, resulting in the suspension of regularly scheduled clinical care activities at Touro Dental Health.
Beginning Monday, March 16th, Touro Dental Health will remain open only for emergency dental treatment for patients of record.
Emergency care will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients must call in advance for an emergency appointment and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors prior to their visit and at check-in, which will include a temperature reading. Please note that these emergency hours are subject to change. Our call center will maintain normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
New patients and existing patients already scheduled will be rescheduled for after May 1st. Because the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, these appointments will be tentative as the health and safety of our community is our highest priority and we will continue to evaluate our operations daily based on the public health information that is available to us.
If you have a dental emergency and are not an existing patient if Touro Dental Health, visit the Westchester Medical Center Emergency Department or your nearest hospital emergency room.
Please check this webpage for the latest updates.
Symptoms and Preventive Measures
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may be similar to the flu or the common cold. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions..
Please review the CDC website for the latest travel advisories when considering travel for yourself or your family. Also, remember that your best defense to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 is to follow good prevention practices:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
- If you are caring for an ill person, stay home for an estimated incubation period (2 weeks).
- If you have traveled recently or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing the above symptoms, please seek medical attention right away.
- Before you go to any healthcare facility, call ahead and let them know of your recent travel and symptoms.