Latest COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

Dated 3/24/2020

Dear Friends of OoLi Orthodontics, 

This is an unprecedented time that is requiring us to think on our feet—and at least 6 feet away from each other! If you haven’t seen it yet, “This is Not a Snow Day” by Ariadne Labs is a helpful article that explains actions we all need to take. 

We are finding that people can be contagious with the virus, with little or no sign of infection, for up to 14 days. Take heed: we need to practice social distancing! Minimizing contact with friends can be difficult, especially for our younger patients. But there is a real and critical need at this moment, as a matter of public health, to decrease the probability of spreading the virus. 

To continue doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, OoLi Orthodontics will stay temporarily closed until the latest information we have indicates we can safely open the practice. As previously mentioned, you can reach us via following ways: 

Now offering Tele-Orthodontics Using FaceTime and other social apps. 

Telephone:
(480) 777-7759

Text:
(949) 734-4068 *

https://ooliortho.com/contact 

Online Chat via ooliortho.com 

In addition, we are available to meet you at either of our locations for emergencies that cannot be resolved with above means of communication. We are here to help you get through this difficult time. Let’s all meet at the other side safely and with a big smile. 

The following resources will provide additional information and hopefully ease some of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. 

In friendship and partnership, 

Dr. WW Jonathan Park and the OoLi Team

Previous Updates

Dated 3/18/2020

Dear Friends of OoLi Orthodontics,

In our ongoing efforts to evaluate community health risks, contain the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the continuity of your orthodontic care, Dr. Park and the OoLi Team met this afternoon to determine the next best steps for the OoLi Orthodontic community. After thoughtful and considered deliberation, we have reached a decision that OoLi Orthodontics will temporary close the practice, effective Friday, March 20, 2020.

Although we have no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the OoLi Orthodontic community, health experts expect the number of cases to increase, and the infection rate is not likely to crest for some time. In addition, the practice of social distancing is most effective when implemented early in the life cycle of viruses. We fully recognize and regret the decision to close the practice, but we believe the benefits of this closure outweigh the drawbacks. We simply do not have enough data to predict how the novel coronavirus will behave and are consequently erring on the side of care and caution.

We will continue our regular practice hours through this Thursday, March 19, 2020. We will evaluate the need to stay closed and will remain in regular communication with families via email and texts.

As we make this change, there are many details to share, so please monitor your inbox for communications from the OoLi Team. We ask families to remain in touch with the OoLi Team throughout this closure. You can reach us via following ways:

Telephone:
(480) 777-7759

Text:
(949) 734-4068 *

https://ooliortho.com/contact

Online Chat via ooliortho.com

We recognize that this message will bring a sense of relief to some and disappointment to others. I am grateful for the understanding and graciousness our community will demonstrate, and am sorry to announce the temporary closure of the practice. I thank our patients for understanding that we are doing our best to act in the best interest of the greater community.

We find ourselves in undesirable circumstances, but we nevertheless have an opportunity to support one another in this time of uncertainty. This effort will require us to demonstrate patience, trust, and resilience. Above all, it will require us to act with kindness toward one another. I don’t relish the situation, but am grateful to be navigating it with the OoLi Orthodontic community. We hold those who have been affected by the virus in the light.

The OoLi Team will continue to review the situation on a daily basis. We will be in touch again soon. Thank you for your support and understanding. You can find our most recent updates on COVID-19 at https://ooliortho.com/coronavirus (this page).

In friendship and partnership,

Dr. WW Jonathan Park and the OoLi team

Dated 3/09/2020

Dear OoLi Orthodontic Community, 

I am writing to keep you informed and to reaffirm that the health of our community is our top priority. Thank you for the support you continue to demonstrate regarding our approach to the COVID-19 outbreak. I, Dr. Park, and my OoLi Staff have met to evaluate the latest information, discuss current plans, and determine additional measures that OoLi Orthodontics might take to mitigate the spread of the virus.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, to share concern for those who have been infected, and to design policies to support the community. Should we learn of a confirmed case at OoLi Orthodontics (we have none now), we will follow the direction of health agencies and inform families immediately. 

OoLi Orthodontics will recommend that anyone who has traveled to an area with a CDC-defined risk level of 3 to “self-quarantine” and remain at home for a period of 14 days after returning from travel. In addition, OoLi Orthodontics will follow any guidelines that may be issued by local, state, or federal government pertaining to individuals returning to our practice after travel. 

As you know, the guidance that we are getting from public health authorities continues to focus on personal responsibility. We are all encouraged to stay at home if we have a cough, fever, or other flu-like symptoms and to consult a healthcare professional for additional assessment as needed. We are reminded to wash our hands thoroughly and frequently, to avoid hand-to-face contact, and to cough or sneeze into the crook of the arm, rather than into the air or onto surfaces.

At OoLi Orthodontics, we continue to urge everyone at OoLi Orthodontic Community to follow these practices. We are also looking at various office operations from patients’ visits to cleaning – to identify areas where we can do more to limit the potential spread of germs and illness. In addition to immediate decisions and actions, we will be putting plans in place to ensure that your care at OoLi Orthodontics will continue in the event that the office must be closed for any length of time. 

Thanks you sincerely for your time, attention, and cooperation around this important matter.  

Dr. WW Jonathan Park and the OoLi team

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