SMIL is taking advanced precautions to guard against Coronavirus - learn more before arriving at one of our facilities. Click here.
We are keeping up-to-date with current information.
Current evidence shows all usual infection control practices are effective in limiting transmission.
To minimize spreading the virus, it is critical to practice good hygiene, washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with hot water and soap for 20 seconds – about the same amount of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. If using hand sanitizer, make sure its alcohol based. Also, make sure to cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow, avoid handshakes, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes and immediately discard tissues after use.
What is SMIL doing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?
The COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation and SMIL is continuously monitoring and adhering to changing recommendations from regulatory agencies. SMIL has been taking proactive steps to protect our staff and the communities we serve.
When you visit SMIL you will see all staff in masks, patients and visitors are also required to wear a mask or face shield. We remain vigilant in performing hand hygiene, routinely cleaning equipment and adhering to environmental cleaning and disinfection after each patient. We do understand that some patients are more comfortable seeing the cleaning process before they have their exam performed. Please feel free to request that any staff member wipe down equipment in front of you.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will be asked to wear a mask. You will be greeted at the entrance by a dedicated staff member who will take your temperature and ask you screening questions. When possible, you will be asked to arrive unattended and to wait outside, or sit or stand an appropriate distance from other patients.
Any limitations on coming to SMIL?
We ask that you please bring your own mask to your appointment, regardless of whether or not you are visibly ill. We are currently not allowing visitors to accompany patients in the centers to better allow for social distancing.
If you suspect you may have been at risk for exposure but are asymptomatic, please call before making your appointment and you will be guided through the process by a scheduling representative. We currently offer exams for COVID or suspected COVID patients at one site only, they must be scheduled in advance.
If I have flu-like symptoms, what should I do?
If you develop symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will protect you and help prevent the spread of any illness.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to wear a mask, vigilantly wash your hands, and avoid close contact with sick people and congested areas.
Other helpful information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.