We’d like to share with you our precautionary measures to ensure the health and well-being of our patients and staff, as well as some informational links below.
The World Health Organization recommends separation of individuals of 3 feet/1 meter and the Centers for Disease Control says 6 feet. Our recliners are all at least 3 to 5 feet apart. When seated in recliners, patients are not face to face with other patients. Given the space and the fact that people aren’t facing one another, we believe the space to be in accordance with these recommendations.
The following guidelines are based on research and risk assessment recommendations from local, federal and global officials as well as in collaboration with other POCA clinics. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding:
–If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, or vomiting or diarrhea, please stay home. The main symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call your primary care physician if you’re in need of medical attention for these concerns.
-If you have an appointment scheduled and aren’t feeling well, you may call our office to cancel it on the same day and will not be charged (please just let us know you’re cancelling due to illness and the late cancellation fee will be waived).
-We will sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door knobs and buttons, several times each day.
– Please use hand sanitizer when you check in at the front desk, or wash your hands in the bathroom if you prefer that to hand sanitizer. We have hand sanitizer placed on the front desk. When sanitizing or washing your hands, please rub for at least 20 seconds. Having everyone clean their hands upon arrival will help reduce the transmission of germs.
–We have several types of hand sanitizers available throughout our clinic: alcohol-based clinic made hand sanitizer in spray bottles and non-alcohol based wipes
–We change sheets on recliners daily, and we also change them immediately after someone who has been sitting in one has upper respiratory symptoms, or if the sheet becomes soiled.
– If you’d prefer to bring in your own sheet or large towel to place on a chair, you’re welcome to do so. Here’s a statement about Covid-19 on soft surfaces from the Harvard Health Blog. At this time our understanding is that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 on soft surfaces is low.
-If you are coughing we will provide you with a face mask and ask you to wear it. This helps prevent any possible spread of germs and also will help alleviate concerns from others sharing the space.
-Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes and face with unwashed/non-sanitized hands.
-Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than onto your hands. If you sneeze or cough on your hands or into tissues or a handkerchief, please use hand sanitizer or wash your hands as soon as possible.
Here are some more guidelines and links to inform you about how to take care of yourself and recommended local, federal and global practices regarding Covid-19: