Hi again from Stush Orthodontics. Look like summer is finally here. Effective today, the Governor and Pennsylvania Department of Health have mandated mask wearing for everyone given the recent uptick in new COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania. We all must still practice social distancing and mask wearing as that virus does not care if it is hot outside……note the surge in cases in hot places like Arizona, Texas, Florida and California. Elsewhere in the country where restrictions have been lifted, case counts continue to rise. That is a disturbing trend as the rest of the world is showing decreasing case counts!! Those folks wear their masks which help stop the spread of this virus. This is once instance where we do not want the USA to be Number 1. So please wear your mask when you are in public places and social distance all the time even though its summer.
We continue to implement high levels of infection control and disinfection, as we have done so routinely for years prior, to protect both our patients and our orthodontic team. We continue to secure PPE for our team so we can continue your treatment visits as safely as possible. We will continue to screen all patients and parents who enter the building with “no -touch” thermometers to check body temperatures. If the temperature is above 99.6 we will reschedule that appointment as a precaution as per CDC guidelines. Also, if you have flown on a plane or have been to distant areas of the county, especially to a COVID-19 hot spot, we will reschedule your appointment for at least 14 days or longer to ensure a safe office environment for everyone. That will be the our policy and the new norm for quite some time.
We ask that all patients and parents wear an appropriate face mask to all appointments and use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the main office area. Even though we are in green status, please continue to practice all the social distancing measures, good hand hygiene and wear those masks when out of the house as that is your best protection from the virus. You see the COVID-19 virus is color blind! It really doesn’t care what the status color is where we live, whether it is red, yellow or green. The virus is still out there and is as formidable as ever.
Shortly after this pandemic began, we set up a new way to communicate with you via a Virtual Treatment Appointment service on our website, StushOrthodontics.com. From the comfort of your home on this secure site, you can upload photos (taken with your cell phone) to help us answer any questions you may have about your current orthodontic treatment and progress. It is also a way to upload photos for us to evaluate if you have any problems, such as loose brackets, bands or broken chain. To start the process just click on the Blue Tab on the lower left hand corner of our website home page. That will take you to the Virtual Treatment page.
This option is also available for new patients who would like to have a Virtual Screening Appointment to see if they are a prospective orthodontic patient here.
For our current patients, as always, we are available to help those who have orthodontic emergencies or problems with their braces or orthodontic devices. Now, you can send a photo(s) to help us decide what is needed for you. We are here Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM with lunch at 12 – 1, as our office routine returns to a new, different normal.
If we do not answer during the day because we’re assisting with our patients, just leave a message and we will return that call as soon as possible. If it is an after-hours braces problem, use the phone number listed on the office answering machine to call and leave a message on my home phone.
Remember to have some fun this summer but stay safe and healthy too. We are very happy to see our patients once again; moving your treatment forward. As a team, we are happy to be back, taking care of your smiles.
Have a safe and fun summer…..at least have the best summer you can. Even though things are different, it can still be good season. Stay healthy.
– Dr. Al Stush and Team