Coronavirus is a group of viruses that can cause the common cold and flu. They are classified as a coronavirus because of the shape of the virus. While they have been around for centuries there are new strands that can develop or mutate.
COVID-19 is one of the newer types of coronaviruses, but is spread more easily and has a slightly higher mortality rate than the flu we commonly see in our communities. Because of this, we are being more diligent in the protection of our patients and staff members.
The CDC and OSHA have issued guidelines that can help reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others in the community.
We have identified areas that could be greater risk of exposure and have worked to reduce the risk:
- continuing to wipe down equipment and treatment areas after each use.
- cleaning frequently used items such as door handles, chairs, railings, counter tops, frequently used light switches and any other items used throughout the day.
- following directions on cleaners for amount of time cleaners need to be left on surfaces.
- continuing to wash and sanitize hands after each patient.
- wearing masks.
- keeping patients a minimum of 6 feet away from each other.
- taking patient temperatures upon arrival.
- taking staff temperatures at the beginning of their work shift.
We are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID - 19.
As a healthcare provider we are here to help you and are considered essential personnel to help community members to stay out of the Emergency Rooms and hospitals.
Please help us to keep others safe:
- Stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after your therapy session.
- Limit the number of people you bring with you to therapy.
- Help us keep a minimum of 6 feet away from other patients.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you are around others.
- If you do need to cough cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and throw used tissues in the trash.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Websites you can visit for current information
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
- Iowa Department of Public Health: https://idph.iowa.gov/