Updated March 23, 2020
To our Valued Patients,
Many of our biggest challenges come with little warning and COVID-19 is no different. A curious viral infection in China a few months ago is now impacting almost every aspect of our lives here in the United States. The rapid changes in our daily routines are unsettling to say the least but we will all get through this together and eventually get back to the comfort of our normal routine.
At Azul we have made some changes in the schedule to support the need for social distancing. The onsite seminars scheduled for March 24 and March 26 will now be presented online for you to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home. Anyone interested in hearing the seminar including those who already registered will receive an e-mail with a link to join the meeting. After the seminar we will have time to answer questions for the online audience.
In addition, we will now be offering online consultations using Zoom. This is a fantastic platform and very easy to use. If you are interested in scheduling an online consultation please contact us at [email protected] or by calling the office at 239-415-7576.
Regarding clinical services we will continue to offer our full complement of treatments and procedures in all three offices. To limit the risk of virus exposure we have limited the number of patient visits and ramped up the cleaning protocol to include hourly wipe downs of all common areas including chairs, counters, tables, door knobs and all other shared surfaces throughout the reception area and clinic. In addition, all treatment rooms will be thoroughly cleaned between each and every patient. Lastly, we will be checking the temperature of all patients and staff daily and have mandatory hand sanitizing for everyone as they both enter and exit the building. These measures will continue indefinitely to ensure the safety of our patients and staff at Azul.
Regarding surgical procedures, effective Monday March 23, 2020 Governor DeSantis has issued an Executive Order prohibiting all elective surgical procedures to preserve limited medical supplies which may be needed in treating the COVID-19. If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure at St. Marks Surgical Center in the near future, you will be contacted by a staff member from Azul to reschedule that procedure to a future date. We hope this ban on elective surgeries will be limited but now is the time for us all to do our part in helping to support our community.
We wish you and your family all the best during this challenging time. Should you have further questions please feel free to contact us at 239-415-7576.
Patrick M. Flaharty