Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Hoffmaster Dental
March 17, 2020
Effective March 17, 2020 the American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dentists postpone all elective procedures for the next three weeks.
Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow dentists to alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
At Hoffmaster Dental, we are committed to the well-being of our patients and staff. Efffective immediately, we will be rescheduling all elective care appointments scheduled between March 19 - April 3. We will resume seeing patients on April 6th.
If you have a dental emergency (symptoms below) please call 717-461-3854 and we will be happy schedule you to address your needs.
- Severe toothache
- Swelling of the gums, face or neck
- Bleeding in the mouth that doesn't stop
- Trauma (i.e. broken tooth)
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding the current need for this action.
March 10, 2020
Due to recent public health concerns, Hoffmaster Dental is actively monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local officials regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease). The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. As such, we have established screening measures and are continuing to follow stringent infection prevention protocols. Our practice has increased the frequency with which we sanitize and clean our public spaces. We ask all patients and visitors to notify us in advance if they feel they are at risk for COVID-19 and to take preventative measures for the safety of themselves, and others.
If you have flu or cold-like symptoms such as a cough or fever, newly developed shortness of breath, or if you have recently traveled to an area outside the US with known coronavirus (COVID-19) or been in contact with someone who has traveled or contracted the virus, please call us at 717-846-9428 to reschedule your appointment.
As a safety measure to our staff and other patients, we are unable to treat patients who present with any of these symptoms and we require a two-week waiting period for an appointment if you have traveled to these locations or been in contact with someone who is ill.
Symptoms and Preventive Measures
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may be similar to the flu or the common cold. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions..
Please review the CDC website for the latest travel advisories when considering travel for yourself or your family. Also, remember that your best defense to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 is to follow good prevention practices:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
- If you are caring for an ill person, stay home for an estimated incubation period (2 weeks).
- If you have traveled recently or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing the above symptoms, please seek medical attention right away.
- Before you go to any healthcare facility, call ahead and let them know of your recent travel and symptoms.