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An Open Letter to the Community

When I took my oath to practice medicine, I promised to protect my patients from harm and prevent disease where I could. I am committed to using the expertise and knowledge gained over my medical career to help protect you from the wide-ranging and often devastating impacts of COVID-19. I am deeply concerned about the toll of COVID-19 on our community and the consequences of failing to follow basic preventive practices.

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

Wear a mask when you are in public places. Masks should cover your nose and mouth.
Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet when you are near people who do notlive with you.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or with a handsanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid large indoor gathering, especially those where masks and social distancing arenot observed.
Take care of each other and help those in community most vulnerable to COVID-19.

These simple measures will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, help keep our community open for business, and put us on the path to a return to normalcy.

Our community has a longstanding tradition of looking out for one another, and these times are challenging us to continue to show support, compassion, and grace. I hope you will follow this commonsense advice and do your part to keep us all healthy and safe.

The Physicians of Shelby Medical Associates