How the current COVID-19 coronavirus is impacting our clinic operations

Hello Everyone, Dr. Hall here to check in and update you on how the current COVID-19 coronavirus is impacting our clinic operations. Our office does plan to continue clinic operations for the foreseeable future and will not be limiting or changing clinic hours.  Please know that your health and the health of our team is our highest priority. As of Monday March 16th we will be implementing the following policies to ensure the highest level of safety within the clinic. To help us provide the safest environment possible, all patients will be asked to use the hand sanitizer stations upon entering the clinic. The wall mounted neck traction units will be temporarily unavailable to patients to reduce the risk of close facial contact. All treatment tables and therapeutic equipment will be wiped down with sterilizing wipes after each patient encounter. Our staff will be sterilizing surfaces that come in to contact with patients on an increased and regular basis. With these new procedures in place, our office will continue to treat patients and help to keep our community healthy and happy. Any staff members that believe they are experiencing any symptoms of any illness have been asked to stay home, we are also asking our patients to do the same. Patients experiencing any symptoms of a respiratory illness should contact their primary care provider. The CDC has recommended that patients feeling symptomatic should not go in to their doctor, but instead call their primary care provider for instructions.

The following resources will give you the facts from the WHO, CDC, and NIH concerning symptoms, precautions, and other pertinent information on the current COVID-19 situation. Please take time to learn the facts of this new virus. As a healthcare provider we have received several updates from the CDC and NIH and I want to make sure that our patients have access to this important information.

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus#!/detail/403327

Out of these resources the following list of symptoms is the most comprehensive and helpful:

“The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.” – NIH