Surgery center information:
All patients are tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery, and screened for symptoms on the day of surgery. Symptomatic or patients that test positive will be rescheduled for surgery on a later date.
Staff and physicians are screened daily on arrival and instructed to stay home if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19 or become symptomatic.
Nonessential Visitors and Family Members during COVID-19 Pandemic:
During the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to protect all patients, employees and physicians who enter the surgery center from potential infection. Many individuals with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and thus may pass clinical screening measures.
For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Non-essential visitors or family members are not permitted entry to the surgery center.
- Exceptions: When a patient is a minor, requires the attendance of a caregiver for clinical or psychological reasons, cognitively impaired, or requires an interpreter. Other exceptions will be reviewed by the Medical Director on a case-by-case basis.
- All permitted visitors are required to exercise hand hygiene and wear a facility - provided mask.
Recommendations to prevent illness overall include the following:
- Wash hands with soap and water
- If soap and water not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Follow shelter-in-place order
- Unless you work in an essential business, only leave your home for essential errands, such as purchasing groceries or picking up medications
- Practice social distancing—stay 6 feet from others—when you need to be away from your home
For more on coronavirus, we encourage you to visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Also, the Alameda County Public Health Department is an excellent local resource, and they have coronavirus information at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx.
If you have questions or concerns about coronavirus, call your primary care physician. For all life-threatening emergencies, call your nearest emergency department for further instruction.
CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
Worried that you may have COVID-19? When should you seek medical care? The Coronavirus Self-Checker will ask you questions to establish illness and location, and recommendations for next steps, which could include calling 9-1-1 or staying home and contacting your doctor.
Try the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker by clicking here and then clicking on the “Coronavirus Self-Checker” button.