4/23/2020 COVID-19 Update
We know that these are challenging times for everyone and it’s hard to know what to do about continuing your physical therapy journey.
If you are medically fragile, at high risk, or immune compromised… you should continue to shelter in place following CDC recommendations and the Governor’s orders. If you would like to set up a Telehealth appointment with one of our therapists, please reach out to us and we will set this up for you.
If you are healthy and would like to return or begin your physical therapy treatment, you are welcome to do so. We have been in continual operation and have increased our sanitization training and efforts. We are at a reduced patient case load due to the pandemic. This has naturally increased distance between people in our clinics. Please contact us and we will set up a Telehealth or in clinic appointment for you.
Out of an abundance of caution, if you are feeling ill in any way, please do not come into the clinic. Please take your temperature before coming to all appointments and reschedule your appointment if you have a temperature above 100.4 degrees oral/99.4 degrees armpit. Please wait until you are fever free for 48 hours and have no other symptoms.
Masks are not required but are encouraged by the President of the United States and the CDC, “The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”. If you want to wear a mask, please feel free to wear one in clinic. If you want your therapist to wear a mask while treating you, please feel free to request this of them, if they aren’t already wearing one. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable but we want to reiterate that mask wearing is recommended but not required. It makes sense that if you are recovering from feeling ill in any way, unrelated to Covid-19, you should probably wear a mask when in clinic.
If you are recovering from Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 and would like physical therapy, please let us know. We are trying to protect everyone and also offer physical therapy to all who need it but in the safest way possible.
Thank you for trusting us with your care. We are constantly evaluating our processes to keep our staff and our patients safe.
Sincerely,Brendon and Gina Blake
Owners, Physical TherapistsWays to contact BIGPT:
email: [email protected]
If you’ve been watching the news, you’re probably already aware that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States is growing. As a precautionary measure, we’d like to offer some recommendations and information about coronavirus as it relates to your care. Please read through the following FAQ and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Am I at risk?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered the following advice:
- The majority of the American public is unlikely to be exposed to this virus, so generally speaking, the immediate health risk posed by COVID-19 is considered low.
- People in communities with a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are at an elevated—though still relatively low—risk of exposure.
- Like other viruses, COVID-19 cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds; exposure to the disease itself is the greatest risk factor associated with contracting it.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Shortness of breath
I'm only feeling a little sick. What should I do?
While it may be tempting to come in for your treatment if you “just have a cough,” we do ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling at all sick. In the meantime (and if your strength allows), continue with your prescribed home exercise program, and reach out to your therapist via phone or in-app messaging if you have any questions.
For a helpful set of recommendations on how to keep yourself and others protected from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases year-round, follow this link.
We appreciate your willingness to help us with this matter.
What we’re doing at BIGPT to help keep you well:
- BIGPT is encouraging patients and staff to stay home and reschedule if they are feeling any signs and symptoms of being sick, even if it’s short notice.
- BIGPT is bringing in extra staff daily to assist with the increased sanitizing efforts.
- Your therapist is adjusting treatment plans to minimize unnecessary contact with common surfaces.
- All surfaces that we contact are being wiped down regularly with hospital grade cleaning solutions.
- BIGPT is encouraging both patients and staff to increase their hand washing efforts.
- Hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes/sprays are available throughout the clinic for your convenience.
You and your loved ones’ health and safety is important to us. Please know we are taking all measures to protect your health. It is important that we continue reaching your goals in physical therapy which will help you stay healthy. BIGPT understands that sometimes it’s best to remain secluded, but we are dedicated to provide the safest environment possible for you to continue or begin your physical therapy journey.
Wishing you good health,