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Coronavirus Update: Williamsburg Virginia

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak unfolds, we want to assure you that we are closely following all recommendations from the VDA (Virginia Dental Association) and ADA (American Dental Association).  Your safety and health is the most important concern to us. For the time being, our office hours will remain the same. We will, however, ONLY be seeing patients for dental emergency appointments. We will also be working with a very limited amount of employees to limit interaction. Our main goal is to serve you safely! ALL routine cleaning and preventive appointments will be rescheduled for at least the next 2 weeks. We are working diligently to contact all patients individually via phone to get you rescheduled. Social distancing is encouraged by:
  • Asking patients to wait in their cars until their appointment. We will call you from inside the office when your doctor is ready to see you.
  • Asking patients to not bring children or others along (unless patient requires a driver)
Possibility of contamination is reduced by:
  • All common areas (including door knobs) will be disinfected frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer and soap is available.
At the beginning of each dental appointment:
  • Patients & staff will be required to wash hands
  • Temperature of each patient will be taken
  • Patients will be asked to rinse with antimicrobial rinse
  • Patients will be encouraged to wash hands before leaving our office
Please, call to reschedule your appointment if: 
  • You feel ill (running a fever, have a cough or trouble breathing)
  • You have traveled internationally in the past 2 weeks
  • You have been in contact with individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • You have an underlying health condition that puts you at higher risk for getting COVID-19.
There are still a number of variables and unknowns, but this proactive measure is aimed to limit the spread and keep patients and practitioners safe. Right now, our priority is to do our part to decrease the rate of transmission. Many of you have heard on the news in recent days of the importance of “flattening the curve” to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. If we can decrease the number of patients who require ICU care over the next several weeks, we will have done our part. We want to thank you for letting us serve you and also for trusting us with your dental needs. Dr. Timothy Johnston & Staff
 
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