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9 White Dove Lane, Cherry Log, Georgia 30522

Blue Ridge (706) 946-5015  Ellijay (706) 276-5015

©2020 Cherry Log Oral Surgery Enterprises, LLC

Discrimination is Against the Law.  Cherry Log Oral Surgery Enterprises complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. 

Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Cherry Log Oral Surgery 

Updated March 20, 2020 @ 0730EDT

Latest government recommendations are now available at coronavirus.gov

As of March 19, 2020:

Based on this consensus of professional guidelines, Cherry Log Oral Surgery has instituted

Phase I Emergency Public Health Closure

EMERGENCY CARE ONLY after Thursday March 19, 2020 through April 12, 2020.

Please see the section on Access Requirements below.

This is based on the latest recommendations of:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)

American Dental Association (ADA)

Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (GSOMS)

Georgia Dental Association (GDA)

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The above organizations have all produced guidelines that recommend deferring elective care at least through the end of March.

At Cherry Log Oral Surgery, we take our responsibility to our patients and the public-at-large very seriously.  Please review the information below to help answer questions regarding the current COVID-19 situation.  

 

Always consider the source of your information to make properly informed decisions. The links provided on this page have been screened for accuracy and veracity.  Keep in mind that social media platforms are often not a reliable sources for accurate information.

Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this page provides the latest Cherry Log Oral Surgery (CLOSE) protocols. 

 

Hours of Operation

Please check for the most recent hours at cherrylog.org/hours

Access Requirements

  • You must have an appointment to enter the building.

  • Each patient may have only one (1) escort over the age of 18.  It is preferred this escort wait in their vehicle

  • Routine appointments are being rescheduled for April 13, 2020 or later.

  • Patients with elective procedures, patients over the age of 60, and patients with compromised medical issues are highly encouraged to postpone non-essential procedures until after April 30, 2020.

  • Patients with a true dental emergency will be triaged via phone; those with conditions that cannot wait will be given a Priority Appointment.

  • Referring providers that feel their patient needs to see and OMS as soon as possible must have a doctor-to-doctor referral.  Please call the office and Dr. Pritchett will talk with you about your patient.  Other patients will be treated as routine and scheduled later May.

  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or are otherwise concerned you have COVID-19, we ask that you do not come to CLOSE. Please call us or your primary care provider for instructions.

We are taking necessary precautions on behalf of our patients and visitors.  We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and are prepared to make adjustments as new evidence comes forward.

Patient and Team Member Screening

  1. All patients and team members are screened upon arrival to CLOSE.

  2. Temperature will be taken by non-contact thermometer.  Persons with temperature >99.7 degrees F will be asked to not remain within the clinic.

  3. Travel history will be asked of the visitor.  Persons traveling outside the United States within the past 14 days or having been around someone that has, will be asked to reschedule.

 

Visitor Restrictions

  • If you’re sick, have a fever or a confirmed case of COVID-19, do not escort or accompany a patient.

  • Patients may only have up to 1 person with them at any time.

  • Except for patients, accompanying individuals/escorts must be at least 18 years old.

  • All patients and visitors must wash their hands (or use sanitizer) before and after leaving rooms.

COVID-19 Basics

For the latest information about COVID-19 including how it spreads, prevention and treatment, and symptoms, visit the CDC’s website at: coronavirus.gov

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a virus strain, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, that has only spread in people since December 2019.

How does COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?

  • COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Symptoms of COVID-19 appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing.

 

How long does it take for symptoms of the COVID-19 to appear?

  • CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.

 

How is COVID-19 treated?

  • There is currently no FDA approved medication for COVID-19. People infected with this virus should receive supportive care such as rest, fluids and fever control, to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Is there a vaccine?

  • Currently, there is no vaccine available.

 

How can I best protect myself? 

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. 

  2. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  4. Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.

  5. Stay home when you are sick.

  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  7. Standard household cleansers and wipes are effective in cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

 

Should I wear a facemask?

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a doctor’s office. 

  • If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.  Facemasks may be in short supply and are reserved for team members.  As such, CLOSE cannot provide extra masks or other PPE to patients or visitors, unless it is indicated by treatment/infection control protocols.

Who should undergo COVID-19 testing?

  • Only patients who meet current CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing will be tested.

  • If you’re concerned you have COVID-19, call or message your primary care physician. You will be advised what to do next.

  • Call ahead before going in person to any clinic, hospital, medical center, emergency room.

  • If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, a severe headache or other potentially life-threatening problems, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

How is CLOSE preparing for COVID-19?

  • We are preparing should the need arise, following CDC and Georgia DPH recommendations and protocols.  We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and we reevaluate the situation daily.  Currently, we have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and surgical supplies for extended operations.

What if I or someone I’m around just came back from overseas?

  • If you or a family member traveled from outside the United States or Canada in the last 14 days, please refrain from coming to the clinic.

  • If the traveler feels sick with fever, cough or has difficulty breathing, call or message your primary care physician.

 

Should I travel at this time?

  • CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. 

  • For the latest information on travel information, alerts and warnings, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/