Helpful Information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Newport Orthopedic Institute will be implementing
screenings for each patient & guest that arrives at our office locations. Patients
will also receive a call prior to their appointment to screen for the
possibility of COVID-19.
View Screening Questions
If you would like to reschedule your appointment, or would like to schedule
a telehealth appointment (if available), please call our scheduling line:
If you are not able to come in for your appointment due to illness, but
have medical questions regarding your orthopedic care, please call:
Newport Orthopedic Institute is closely following the most up-to-date announcements
and information on the known cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The information is continually changing, and we are monitoring the situation
as it evolves.
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is believed to spread in similar ways
as the common cold, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. A health care
provider can give you instructions for seeking care, which you can do
without exposing others.
Across the world, new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, and some parts
of the country have declared a state of emergency. However, according
to the CDC and other authorities, the risk remains low for exposure in the U.S.
As recommended by the CDC, patients with a fever, respiratory symptoms
or travel history to
infected areas within a month prior to symptom onset are asked to stay home and monitor
symptoms and call the Orange County Health Care Agency at
800-564-8448 for more information (Mon – Fri 8 a.m. -5 p.m.) Anyone meeting the
CDC-established criteria would be isolated and further testing and care
will be guided by the health department.
How to protect yourself
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect
against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel
works well in most situations (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing
your nose), but handwashing with soap and water should be performed after
going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
trash. (Putting a tissue on a table contaminates the surface of the table
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Do not visit hospital patients if you are ill in order to protect patients,
visitors and staff. Visitation may be limited at the discretion of the
medical providers and hospital staff at any time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning
spray or wipe.
Avoid travel to high-risk countries. Non-essential travel to or through
any of the countries for which the
CDC has issued a level 2 or 3 travel health notice is discouraged.
If you feel sick
Use home quarantine or home isolation:
- Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you
are not showing any symptoms, and contact your health care provider.
If you have traveled to a country on the
CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, contact your health care provider.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness
symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza
or other respiratory viruses than to a COVID-19 infection. Whether you
have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important
you stay away from others when sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
The Orange County Health Care Agency is taking questions from the public
regarding COVID-19 via the Health Referral Line at
800-564-8448, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything
you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated,
how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of
the latest news by visiting the following websites, which are being updated