Our Physicians and Staff at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists have been closely monitoring community and CDC updates regarding COVID-19. For the safety of our patients, our employees and our community, we are following the State of Louisiana Office of Health requirements to limit potential exposure of COVID-19.
During this time, it's very important that you keep your health and the health of others in our community your top priority.
In light of sharply increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Louisiana, and as the nation learns more about the transmission dynamics of Delta breakthrough cases, today the Louisiana Department of Health recommends additional layers of protection for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. This updated guidance includes:
- *All people – vaccinated and unvaccinated – should wear face masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
- *All businesses should review their operations to accommodate employees in a way that reduces unnecessary contact to avoid the spread of COVID in the workplace.
- *All people should take a COVID test immediately after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
- *If positive, they should isolate immediately.
- *If negative, they should retest again between five and seven days post-exposure.
- *If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point they should test and immediately isolate pending the results.
This guidance will remain in place at least until Louisiana is safely out of its fourth COVID-19 surge, with additional guidance and mitigation measures put in place if and when necessary to slow the spread of the more contagious and virulent Delta variant and preserve hospital capacity.
The following guidance from LDH and the CDC has not yet changed:
- *At this time CDC advises that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19, and LDH is not yet altering this guidance.
- *Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even those who are fully vaccinated or without a known exposure, should get tested.
- *Anyone who tests positive should immediately isolate. Isolation (for those who test positive for COVID-19) typically consists of:
- If symptomatic, at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, symptoms are improving, and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication
- If asymptomatic but with a positive test, 10 days from the time the test sample was collected
Local leaders may implement mitigation measures that are more comprehensive that the current state guidelines should they feel this is best for their communities. In addition, local school boards currently set masking and mitigation policies for their schools.
Please remember to wash your hands, wear your mask and maintain proper distancing, together we will get through this. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines on their website.