Southern California Surgical Center COVID-19 Update
SCSC Response to the Shelter-In-Place order for counties in California:
SCSC is considered an “essential business” (see Shelter-In-Place details below)
Our offices will remain open and partial-operational to serve our patients in the full range of health care SCSC has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our patient care and office protocols. Our highest priority is to continue providing excellent Surgery care in a safe environment for our patients and staff.
We have created and implemented a strategic plan using best available practices plus “ahead of the curve” ideas to minimize the risk of person-to-person COVID-19 exposure in our practice. Our offices will remain open and partial-operational providing the full range of services for the foreseeable future. Our intent is to make our office one of the safest places you can visit outside of your home.
We will be checking our employee temperatures to ensure no one is working with a fever or a cough. Anyone identified with an elevated temperature or illness will be sent home.
Vendors, family members, and other visitors have been suspended from visiting our offices.
More aggressive cleaning protocols, including regularly disinfecting all high-touch areas, have already been implemented in our facilities and will occur frequently throughout the day.
All patients and visitors will be screened and examined for symptoms of illness prior to entering the office.
If anyone has symptoms of illness, they will be asked to go home and inform their primary care doctor. If anyone is experiencing difficulty breathing, they will be sent to the ER. We will waive any last-minute cancellation fees associated with rescheduling the appointment at that time.
We ask that you postpone your scheduled appointment if you or anyone in your household may have been exposed to COVID-19 through travel or attendance at large gatherings less than two weeks ago.
In order to reduce the number of people in the office, no visitors are allowed except for one visitor for patients requiring assistance for a disability. We recognize that there will be a number of exceptions to this rule and will work with you to accommodate your needs. Please call us ahead of time if you have a need to bring more than one visitor.
We will provide more open spaced seating, and you will have the option to wait in the privacy of your car until your exam room is open.
We will be removing all magazines, samples and other loose items from the waiting room and exam rooms so that efficient sterilization can be performed between each patient.
We look forward to seeing you soon and are committed to continuing our excellent care in a clean environment during this challenging time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
SCSC Physicians, Advanced Practitioners, Nursing Staff, Support Staff and Management
More information about the Shelter-In-Place:
Beginning at 12:00AM on March 20, 2020, many counties throughout California mandated to follow the order stated below until April 19, unless rescinded earlier or extended.
The order directs all individuals living in the counties to shelter at their place of residence. They may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services. The order also prohibits all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals and cessation of all non-essential travel.
Shelter-In-Place Order Details:
All bars, nightclubs, gyms, and recreation facilities are ordered to close. Restaurants and cafes can remain open for takeout and delivery.
All essential businesses are urged to remain open. These businesses include:
Healthcare operations, Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments that sell canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish and poultry, and household products like cleaning and personal care products. Food cultivation, like farming, livestock and fishing Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services and other necessities of life for the needy Newspapers, TV, radio and other media services Gas stations, auto supply, auto repair and related facilities Banks and related financial institutions Hardware stores Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining safety and sanitation Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes Educational institutions — including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for essential activities Home based care for seniors, adults and children Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults and children Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions: Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).Children shall not change from one group to another.
If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit are now banded with certain exceptions listed below.
All travel including by car and public transit is banned, except for essential travel or essential activities. These activities include:
To continue working for a healthcare operations, like a hospital, clinic, dentist’s office, pharmacy, pharmaceutical and biotech company, a healthcare facility, healthcare supplier, home healthcare service, mental health providers, veterinary office or other related services.
To do things essential to health and safety of the household, including pets, like getting medical supplies, visiting a clinic or hospital, or obtaining supplies to work from home.
To obtain needed services or supplies, like buying groceries.
To engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, while keeping six feet away from others.
To do work defined as essential business, defined below.
To care for a family member or pet in another household.
To continue working for construction projects needed for essential infrastructure, such as building housing, airport operations, and work on water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection, internet, and telecom systems.
To continue working as first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement. Anyone needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for health, safety and welfare of the public are exempt.
For the most authoritative, up-to-date and comprehensive information visit:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Page:
National Library of Medicine Coronavirus Page: https://medlineplus.gov/coronavirusinfections.html
World Health Organization Coronavirus Page: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus