We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing conditions of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which President Trump has declared a national state of emergency to make more funds available and ordering all states to set up emergency operations centers. Our highest priority is supporting the health and well being of our patients, our staff, and the members of the communities we serve.
As we relay information, we are following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We will continue to consult these recommendations as we assess how we operate and the events we hold. To follow these recommendations, we have decided to turn our April Fools’ 5K Walk/Run into a virtual event. More details can be found here.
What You Should Do
- If you are feeling ill, please call to reschedule your OSI appointment.
- Call your primary-care physician’s office if:
- You are in a high-risk category (see below) with symptoms of fever over 100.4, cough, and sore throat
- You have known close exposure to someone affected by the virus
- Go go the emergency department if you have the above symptoms plus:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- You are feeling very ill
What You Should Know
- COVID-19 is a variation of the common cold virus.
- You can combat it by using the same tactics as preventing a cold:
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Sneezing and coughing into the crook of your elbow or a tissue
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home when sick
- Early reports suggest that 80% of all cases are mild.
- The CDC tells us it is primarily spread via droplets through contaminated surfaces and close physical contact with an infected person.
Who is at Greater Risk for Severe Illness?
- People over age 60
- Those who have a history of diabetes, cardiac or respiratory problems
- Individuals with compromised immune systems from other diseases
Our talented team will continue to monitor the situation, and we will update policies as conditions change. Thank you for your understanding and for your continued trust in OSI. We will do our best to continue to deliver the same level of patient-centered orthopedic care and experiences you have come to know and love.