This has obviously been a wild ride and we are trying to use this page to keep everyone updated on our policies in the office regarded COVID-19 . Our priority is the health and safety of our patients so we will be following local, state and federal guidelines to the strictest level of the three. This means that if/when the state of Ohio decides that properly wearing masks is not necessary when in close contact with others, we will still require it to be treated in our office as long as the CDC still recommends it.
On the other hand, we will be slightly relaxing our cleaning and disinfecting practices as we have been disinfecting between every patient surface contact. That means the staff has been disinfecting the treatment tables and surfaces between each patient contact since the pandemic started. According to the CDC Guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility” and “Healthcare Facilities: Managing Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic” , this is not necessary at this time. We will still be cleaning and disinfecting frequently, but not after every patient. We will however clean and disinfect a treatment surface if it is requested.
Original Post: April 29, 2020 – Updated August 10, 2020
We hope that you are continuing to stay healthy and safe during this time and want to give you a quick update. The office has been open throughout the pandemic serving the community. Initially, we reduced our capacity and made it a priority to see more acute and painful cases. When Ohio re-opened, we went back to seeing all patients for all complaints. We still keep appointments and our patients spread out to keep everyone safer and we will keep patients separated while in the office. We have been and will continue to be vigilant in our cleaning and disinfecting as things begin to open in Ohio this month. Our staff has been wearing masks since the re-opening to keep you safe.
As of today, Lucas County was moved to the Public Emergency Level 3 (Red) Status. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask during their appointments to help keep all of us safe. Massage therapy patients will continue to be required to wear masks as well.
- Conduct a daily health/symptom self-evaluation and stay at home if symptomatic.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
- Wear face coverings in public, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Increase caution when interacting with others not practicing social distancing or wearing face covers.
- Avoid traveling to high-risk areas.
- Follow good hygiene standards, including:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, or elbow).
- Symptom self-evaluation monitoring
Guidelines for Level 2 (Orange) adds the following:
- Avoid contact with anyone who is considered high-risk.
- High-risk individuals* should take extra care to follow precautions.
- Decrease in-person interactions outside household.
- Seek medical care as needed, but limit or avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities to see others as much as possible.
Guidelines for Level 3 (Red) adds the following:
- Decrease in-person interactions with others.
- Consider necessary travel only.
- Limit attending gatherings of any number.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we vigilantly implemented enhanced protocols to ensure your safety. The office and all our staff takes this issue seriously. Our focus is to ensure we meet patient needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our community safe.
As essential workers, we will remain open during any upcoming closures as long as we are able. The medical community is taxed with the current situation and despite this fact, people’s pain is not going to go away. Treating people who are suffering from aches and pains not caused by infections and getting them better will help ease the burden on the system. This allows our medical colleagues to focus on the patients who cannot be helped as easily.
We have always taken pride in our clean and well-run office, and we know that cleanliness is more important than ever right now. We are closely following the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus.
Here’s what we’re doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
- We are cleaning our office continuously throughout each day, focusing especially on high-touch and highly trafficked surfaces like door handles, checkout counters, treatment tables, bathroom surfaces, rehab area/equipment, keyboards, and treatment tools.
- Patient treatment surfaces are wiped down between each patient with medical grade disinfectant wipes.
- Employees will be washing hands between each patient interaction.
- Wipes will be up front for patients to use as well as the always available soap in the bathroom
- Employees will wear a mask at all times when in the presence of patients.
We are asking that if you or someone you have been in contact with has traveled internationally, has visited a designated Coronavirus “hotspot” within the last 14 days, or if you are exhibiting any of the below symptoms, which are common with Coronavirus:
- Currently have a fever or have had a fever within the last 5 days.
- Currently experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or ears, body aches, joint pain, vomiting or diarrhea.
Please contact your primary care physician, urgent care center or local government hotline to report that you may need to be tested for COVID-19. Then, please call our office to cancel or reschedule your appointments. Our patients may be screened for these problems and refused service.
Additionally – If you have been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Influenza (Flu type A or B) and have visited our office within the last 14 days, please notify us immediately.
If you have an existing appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure experience. If you need to change or cancel an appointment regardless if you are sick or not, you can do so without incurring any fees.
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you are protected from the virus if you are coming into our office because of the number of people who can spread the disease while they are asymptomatic.
For those with school children who are spending time at home due to the Coronavirus, they will be welcome in the office as long as they do have have the symptoms mentioned above.
Below are some idea for what you can do with your kids with all of your new found time.
- 150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
- COVID-19 Camp
- List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
From a nutritional standpoint, eating well will help to protect you to a degree. There are obviously no guarantees with Coronavirus, but improving nutrition could reduce the severity of your disease. Consider the following blog post: