NAAC COVID-19 Safety Protocols
June 30, 2021
Both the WA State of Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized that the new masking recommendations for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not apply to health care settings. Thus, all staff, patients, & visitors (> 2 yrs of age) who enter our clinic are still required to wear a mask (no exhalation valve).
- Our appointments are managed to allow our staff adequate time to provide care to our patients and disinfect the room after each patient. We may ask you to kindly wait in your car and then call you when we are ready for you.
- Although WA state no longer has physical distancing requirements, we serve high-risk patients. Therefore, we have limited our waiting room to 75% capacity.
- We have also temporarily removed toys and magazines from our playrooms, waiting rooms, and exam rooms.
- Please limit the number of visitors coming to our clinics.
- No siblings of patients
- Limit 1 guardian per child.
- Although we will no longer be checking temperature on every visitor, we will continue to be screening visitors & patients. It is very important that you answer the questions completely and follow given instructions. Even mild respiratory symptoms for one could cause significant health problems for our older patients or those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and immunodeficiencies.
- If you exhibit symptoms during the visit not caused by one of our procedures, we may ask you to leave to help protect others.
Have you OR a close contact* been recently sick (<14 days) with one or the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Fever (>100 F )
- Runny nose/sore throat/headache
- Repeated shaking with chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches
- New onset of nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea
* Definition of close contact
• Living in the same household as a sick person with such symptoms
• Caring for a sick person
• Being within 6 feet of a sick person with for about 10 minutes, OR
• Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person (i.e. being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
If YES to any of the questions above:
- If sick (even if fully vaccinated), please isolate and reschedule your visit after 10 days AND at least 24 hours after fever is gone and symptoms are better.
- If you or your child are a current patient who is sick and have underlying respiratory disease (i.e. COPD, asthma) and/or immunocompromised, please call our Nurse line. You may be given a phone consultation or telemedicine visit or directed to the ER.
- If you had any recent sick contacts, please schedule for at least 2 wks from last exposure to the sick contact & you must be without symptoms (as listed above).
If COVID-19 is being considered, whether testing is performed or not, here are guidance documents from the WA State Department of Health (DOH):
Click for WA COVID-19 testing locations.
Click for information on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Click for WA DOH resources or call hotlines at WA DOH (800) 525-0127; King County (206) 477-3977.
If you are interested in converting your existing appointment or setting up a telemedicine appontment, please contact our office and read this document to see which forms are needed prior to your appointment.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!