As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) has become prevalent in the United States and now in Maryland, all families are understandably seeking assurances from local leaders that they are prepared for every conceivable possibility and everything possible is being done to protect the residents in our area. Please know that our Performance Orthopedics team members are dedicating significant efforts to collaborating with local, state and federal agencies to provide the most accurate information.
We will continue to exceed all OSHA standards to maintain a safe and healthy environment to our patients, families, and employees; it is one of our many practice strengths. Our response to COVID-19 is no different. At this time, we are fully operational and will continue until a change is deemed necessary by local, state or national health professionals. We are providing telemedicine visits over a secure telehealth platform. Should an issue require in in-person visit, or even urgent/emergent surgery, we are taking every measure to make sure this is safe for both you and our staff.
We will continue to remain in contact with the CDC and Maryland Department of Health for the latest information and changes with respect to Emergency Management and Infectious Disease Reponses. This will be our guide should COVID-19 directly impact us and our community.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
It is currently the recommendation in Maryland that facemasks should be used by people to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
Call to reschedule your appointment if you or someone in your household is sick. Help us prevent the spread of the virus.
Information and updates related to COVID–19 can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html).
The best thing we can do at this point is to remain informed and prepared to deal with any situation that arises. With so many variables, it will be critical for all of us to remain focused, stay calm, and use whatever preventative measures we have available to help ensure the safety of everyone involved with our practice. Our practice is home to all patients, including some with medically compromised immune systems, so please help us maintain a safe environment for all.
Performance Orthopedics is a proactive, prevention-driven practice. We will continue to make practice-wide changes as needed. You have our commitment that our focus during this concerning time is on preparation and continued safety for all our patients, families, and employees.
Dr. Justin Cashman