COVID-19 Information for DFP Patients
DFP Health and Safety measures, effective March 16, 2020
The health and safety of our patients and staff is paramount at the Dental Faculty Practice. With the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19 affecting virtually all aspects of our lives, we wanted to provide the following information. While the DFP will remain open, the Governor, the Ohio State Dental Board and the Ohio Dental Association have recently recommended that all elective dental procedures be postponed, whenever possible. The full announcement, dated 03/16/20, can be viewed at: oda.org/news/detail.dT/covid-19-update-for-dental-offices/. These recommendations include all forms of non-urgent dental care and we believe they will insure the utmost safety for our patients and staff members alike.
What we are doing:
- The DFP will remain open for emergency dental care only, unless the government or the University Medical Center directs us otherwise.
- All DFP team members will be monitored for health; sick employees or those suspected of illness will be directed home or to their physician.
- Rearranging chairs in the waiting area to increase the distance between individuals and removing all magazines to prevent cross-contamination.
- Our team is monitoring and adhering to the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), State of Ohio Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
- We continue to follow CDC and OSHA guidelines regarding universal infection control precautions in the dental setting, including the use of barriers and surface disinfection. Our entire staff understands the importance of thorough and frequent cleaning of all surfaces in our operatories and waiting areas.
What we ask of you:
- Be sure to check coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ for information on how to prepare for and prevent COVID-19. We also suggest the CDC’s website for up-to-date information about travel warnings and daily updates.
- If you have or develop a dental emergency, please contact us in advance so we can minimize the number of patients in our waiting area at any one time.
- If you are also experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other flu-like symptom, we ask you to first contact your primary care physician for evaluation and guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns about your dental status or need to schedule an emergent visit, please contact our office at 614 292-1472.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this expanding health care issue that affects us all. This notice will reviewed daily and updated as necessary. Be well.