To All AIO Patients,
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience over the past year. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to adapt to the changing rules and guidelines in order to keep everyone safe while you visited our offices or surgery center. We are excited about the decline in COVID-19 infections and the most recent changes in guidelines from the PA Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Our first priority continues to be the safety and health of our patients and employees. We have revised our screening and office protocols in compliance with the most recent guidelines. As of June 2, 2021, the following reflects our updated policies for all AIO offices and the surgery center:
- With the recent lifting of capacity restrictions within the state of PA on June 1, 2021, we are now opening up our offices and surgery center to those accompanying our patients. In order to minimize the risk of spreading infection and to maintain social distance as much as possible, we ask patients to limit their visitors to one per patient. We also ask those individuals accompanying our patients to remain in the waiting room and avoid going to smaller spaces such as testing rooms, exam rooms, and pre-op and recovery areas in the surgery center. If a patient needs assistance from those accompanying them, please inform one of our employees. Any visitor providing assistance must also wear a mask and complete the screening questionnaire as described below.
- All patients and visitors will continue to be screened at the front desk by completing our COVID-19 screening questionnaire. However, we will no longer continue to take temperatures for each patient and visitor. If any patient or visitor is experiencing any COVID related symptoms, you will be asked to leave the office immediately and reschedule your visit.
- Per the most recent CDC Guidelines, as a healthcare facility, we are still required to ensure all employees, patients and visitors wear a mask when in our offices or surgery center. This applies to vaccinated individuals as well. We ask for your continued cooperation with wearing a mask which must be worn properly covering your nose and mouth while in our offices. We will revise our mask requirement when CDC guidelines are updated.
Finally, we are excited to announce we have the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine available for any person over the age of 18. Appointments are being scheduled weekly at our West Mifflin office. Vaccines are provided at NO cost to patients even if you are uninsured. Please call our main number at 1-888-634-9800 to schedule your FREE vaccine appointment today! More information regarding the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.
We hope you enjoy your summer and stay safe!
The Doctors and Staff at AIO