A message to our patients about COVID-19 Coronavirus
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Columbia City Council passed a mask ordinance. Under the ordinance, everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Columbia city limits will be required to wear a mask when around people who are not household members, both indoors and outdoors if closer than six feet to other people. The ordinance goes into effect on Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. This ordinance is in place for 90 days unless otherwise rescinded or extended. For your health and safety and to keep our employees safe, it will be mandatory that patients wear a mask to your appointments when in the Columbia office. Our supplies are limited so please bring your own if possible. If we provide you with a mask, please save it to wear at future appointments.
Additional information can be found on the City of Columbia’s website.
Urology Associates of Central Missouri is open and operating under normal business hours to continue caring for our patients. If you have a scheduled appointment at UACM, we ask that you please reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms.
Visitors are not allowed with patients unless the patient requires physical assistance or assistance with memory. Visitors should not accompany you if they are experiencing any of the previously listed symptoms. Children are not allowed at this time.
Below are frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 as it relates to our patients and community. We are updating this page as more information becomes available.
Are patients screened for respiratory symptoms?
Yes, all patients are being screened for symptoms of respiratory illness during their confirmation call and at our reception desk.
The following questions will be asked of all patients and visitors:
- Have you or someone you have had close contact with recently
- Experienced a fever
- Had a cough, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms
What should I do if I have cold or flu symptoms?
If you have active symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms including congestion or runny nose, please call our office to reschedule your appointment.
Can I bring children and family members/caregivers to my appointment(s)?
Please avoid bringing children under 12 years old into the clinic. We also ask that you bring only one or two additional persons to your appointment(s). Please ask any visitors who are sick to stay at home.
Should I wear a mask in the clinic?
You should wear a mask in the clinic only if directed to do so by staff. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks are intended to prevent patients who are showing symptoms from spreading disease to others.
Is Urology Associates testing patients for COVID-19?
Testing will be addressed on a case to case basis as directed by our local hospital and county health department.
Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at my visit to Urology Associates?
It is our goal to continue to provide excellent patient care while doing what we can to limit exposure to communicable illnesses. That is why we ask that those of you with symptoms reschedule your appointment. We ask that under no circumstance should friends or family members with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory or flu like symptoms enter our clinic.
Is there anything I can do to keep myself, my family and friends safe?
The most important steps to take, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are the same as for every cold and flu season:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Practice good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Plan how you will take care of sick family members. Make plans for childcare if you are sick or if your child is sick. Have a thermometer at home so you can check for fever if you or a loved one feels ill.
- Try to get a few extra months’ worth of your prescription medications, if possible.
- Stay informed – check the CDC site regularly for new updates.