Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Resuming Surgery and Clinic ServicesPaul Norio Morton, MD2021-09-17T08:58:09-10:00
Update: September 17, 2021
We are continuing to book elective cases including hip and knee replacement surgery. Queen’s Medical Center and Kona Community Center are resuming surgical cases. There may be limits on certain in-patient cases. Please discuss your individual situation with Dr. Morton. Each hospital has its own independent rules prior to starting including, but not limited to: self-quarantine, obtaining COVID-19 testing prior to surgery, and types of elective surgery. We are continuing to maintain social distancing by avoiding as much contact as reasonable, social isolation, and mask-wearing.
We are continuing to follow recommendations from the CDC and the American College of Surgeons. We will continuously re-evaluate the situation and determine when it is appropriate to proceed or cease with elective surgeries. We are still caring for fractures, tendon ruptures, infections, or other possible urgent and emergent orthopedic conditions. Elective procedures are determined on a case-by-case basis.
In preparation for the number of patients who may become symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, we are following social distancing as advised by the Center for Disease Control. Please do not come to our clinic if you are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19. We have provided a telehealthoption for our patients.
We have easy step-by-step instructions on how to see your provider via telehealth.
Signs of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath
Please call your local emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms.
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
Dr. Morton and his staff have received vaccinations. We encourage all of our patients who are able to obtain the vaccine, to do so as soon as possible. We are looking forward to resuming normal activities.