Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Study Finds Dental Offices Among Safest, Most Essential Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Fast Company (6/15, Cohen) reported that a new study “identifies the businesses that have the best overall risk-benefit profiles when weighing important factors such as essential value to shoppers and the economy, as well as relative risk of contracting COVID-19 – or as one researcher put it, which businesses give us the most bang for our buck.” For the study, “data crunchers at MIT analyzed 26 categories of businesses by a dozen metrics for necessity and crowdedness,” determining that banks, dentists, colleges, and universities are the “most essential and safest” businesses to visit during the pandemic. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

We Are Now Open!

Keeping Our Patients Safe and Healthy at Karen J Harris & Associates

We are still living in interesting times. This current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis still has many friends, family, and patients confused and fearful. We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community and our nation have been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you likely have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff during this time of hyper-alertness. Some of these changes will be temporary while we are still dealing with this event and others may be permanent.

For example:

  1. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask for some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  2. We will have you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter the office. You will also find some sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. We will take your temperature when you enter the building.
  4. You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. In fact, temporarily, we will be asking our patients to wait for their appointment in their own car and we will call or text you when we are ready for you.
  5. Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
    We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 314-231-4893.

Thank you for entrusting us with your dental health. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Be safe and stay healthy

Dr. Karen Harris and Team

When you visit our office, you can be confident you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available.