Omicron-What to Know About the New COVID-19 Variant
December 2, 2021
A new COVID-19 variant, omicron, has reached the USA’s horizon.
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Visitor policy information and other announcements regarding COVID-19.
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If you suspect you may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, connect with a provider virtually to discuss your symptoms.
Monoclonal antibody therapy is an investigative treatment that can help some of our most at-risk community members who test positive for COVID-19.
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Learn tips and tricks for protecting yourself and your family against the spread of germs with help from Memorial Hermann.
Your health and safety are always our main priority. As healthcare processes change and our community begins to adapt to a new normal, we want to let you know about the additional safeguards we are taking at Memorial Hermann to make your visit to one of our facilities as safe as possible.
In addition, we have implemented Safe Wait™, a new measure that enforces social distancing in our waiting areas. Safe Wait™ also includes staggering scheduled appointments and, when necessary, asking our patients to wait in their vehicles for their appointments.
We have implemented a number of protective measures for the health and safety of our patients, workforce and community:
In addition, we want to help make waiting for your appointment as safe as possible. We have implemented Safe Wait™, a new measure that enforces social distancing in our waiting areas. Safe Wait™ also includes staggering scheduled appointments and, when necessary, asking our patients to wait in their vehicles for their appointments. For more information about your appointment, please call your practice location.
During this time, one thing has become increasingly clear—health and wellness are gifts worth prioritizing. Memorial Hermann stands ready to be your partner in that pursuit.
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February 26, 2021
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February 26, 2021
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