COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

Center for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and now has been detected in locations internationally, including in the United States. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. We are doing our part by following public health guidelines for screening, treating, safety precautions, and reporting of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

It is the current policy of The Surgery Center of Rhode Island to conduct a PCR test on all pre-operative patients regardless of vaccination status. A negative result must be obtained within 72 hours, but in some circumstances may be accepted within 96 hours. Please call our pre-assessment nurse for assistance in scheduling your PCR test prior to your procedure.

COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Status

As of November 1, 2021 The Surgery Center of Rhode Island employs 43 healthcare personnel that are collectively vaccinated at a rate of 100%. Our physicians and anesthesia providers are vaccinated at a rate of 100%.

Screening for COVID-19

Upon arrival to the surgery center, our staff will screen you for COVID-19. Screening helps us diagnose and treat you and helps to protect other patients, our health care personnel, and staff. Please call us before your appointment and reschedule your appointment, if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been in contact with anyone with symptoms/tested positive for COVID-19 or have traveled internationally in the last 14 days.

COVID-19 Protocol

  • Please call ahead. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue), been in contact with someone with symptoms/tested positive for COVID-19 or have traveled internationally in the last 14 days, please inform the front desk.
  • Please follow instructions prior to arriving at your appointment.We may direct you and your caregiver to take precautions prior to arriving at your appointment (such as wearing a mask or calling prior to presenting for surgery)
  • Inform the front desk when you arrive.When you arrive at your appointment, please inform the front desk immediately if you or your caregiver have symptoms, were in contact with a person with symptoms/tested positive for COVID-19 or traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days.
  • Please follow staff instructions, including wearing a mask prior to and during your appointment. The front desk may provide you with a mask and directions on precautions to take, including how to remain separate from other patients in the waiting room. We request that you follow all staff instructions.
  • If symptoms develop, please call us or call 911, if it is an emergency.If you develop symptoms after your procedure, please inform the surgery center staff. If it is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. Please inform all health care professionals of your symptoms and that you are being evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Please provide us with documentation of your negative COVID-19 PCR test. Email a copy of your record to surgery@entcenterri.com, prior to your procedure.

COVID-19 Reporting

Please be aware that we report to public health authorities, including if any patient is under investigation for the virus that causes COVID-19. We may report to (or as directed by) the CDC, information about you for public health reasons, including to the local or state health department.