COVID-19 Information


OREGON NEWS

Beginning May 1st, Governor Kate Brown lifted the order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures in May.

Under the framework, medical providers must also demonstrate that they have an adequate amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for health care workers, following CDC guidance for the extended use or reuse of PPE. Hospitals must continue to report PPE supply levels daily to the Oregon Health Authority. Hospitals must also demonstrate adequate COVID-19 testing capacity when needed, including the ability to screen patients before non-urgent procedures, and follow strict infection control protocols.

Facilities that are ready to begin resuming non-urgent procedures will be required to do so gradually, in order to preserve capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

COMPLIANCE

From the Oregon Board of Optometry and CDC:

Regarding seeing patients for routine eye care and wellness visits. Yes, if the visit does not require the use of PPE, and with appropriate screening for patients to prevent the spread of disease.

PPE includes facemasks, N95 respirators, gowns and eye protection. Should exam gloves or surgical gloves be in short supply, non-urgent and elective procedures requiring them would also be canceled.

Is social distancing required for health care providers that are still providing services? No. Health care providers that continue to provide services are not required to practice social distancing. However, providers should make every effort to protect patients, staff and themselves from COVID-19. Those efforts include imposing social distancing requirements for staff and patients for interactions that do not require close contact, screening patients for symptoms of COVID-19, and implementing infection control practices for providers and staff.

Can providers perform elective and non-urgent procedures without PPE while preserving infection-control practices for both patients and providers during the cancellation period? Yes, if it is safe to perform the elective or non-urgent procedure without PPE, and not using PPE for the procedure is consistent with applicable infection-control guidelines and laws.

READY TO REOPEN

We are following recommendations and adhering to protocol from both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, so you can be confident our clinic is safe for you as well as our staff.

Additionally, we continue talking to other health care professionals to learn best practices, share ideas and gauge our strategies compared to the industry. It’s been a great opportunity to connect with others in our field.

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT
  1. Employees and patients are required to wear masks. Paper masks offered to patients not wearing their own.
  2. Temperature checks are performed on all staff before their shift and on all patients at check-in.
  3. Hand sanitizing or hand washing is required upon arrival for staff and patients.
  4. Limited number of people in the office to manage safe distance practices.
  5. Exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each patient.
  6. Frames are disinfected after any handling to keep them germ free.
  7. Patients are seen by appointment only, no walk-ins.
  8. The door will remain locked, please knock and we will let you in.
  9. Curbside pick up or free delivery is available for any eyeglass or contact lens order.

Office Hours

  • Monday
  • Closed
  • Tuesday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 8:30am - 1:00pm
  • Sunday
  • Closed