March 30, 2020
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS
Here is where you can see the City of Braselton’s orders:
How does this affect your physical therapy?
Physical therapy is considered part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure” as indicated by the U.S. Government on https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce. Workers for the healthcare industry are exempt from travel restrictions and patients seeking healthcare are also exempt from travel restrictions.
If you are medically fragile, immune compromised, or caring for someone who is you should delay your physical therapy until the Covid-19 crisis has subsided in order to protect yourself and those you care for. If you are healthy, not exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, and physical therapy is considered vital to your healthcare to continue your rehabilitation process and/or prevent complications resulting in further interventions then you need to continue your physical therapy treatment unless you feel uncomfortable doing so.
Please understand you are allowed to travel to your healthcare appointments and seek medical care. Physical therapy is considered part of the country’s healthcare infrastructure as providers of ancillary care.
Please feel free to bring us your questions and concerns at any time.
Gina Blake, PT, DPT
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,