What OSR PT is doing to address COVID-19?
With all that is going on around us, we just wanted to let you know what OSR PT is doing with regards to the Coronavirus.
We are always dedicated to keeping OSR PT a safe place for your Physical Therapy needs. Our sanitizing protocol in our treatment rooms are always very thorough. As a standard practice, we apply CDC approved disinfectants to all surfaces which has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus. We also change all linens that have been contacted after each client.
During this current threat, we have increased our sanitizing efforts and are wiping all surfaces between clients including pens, door knobs, weights, and equipment.
In short, all of our clinics:
- We deep clean surfaces daily
- We wipe the table and change all linens that have been contacted between each client visit.
- We have now begun to wipe down door knobs, chair arms, and any other surface that has been touched or used during a treatment
- We are requiring clients to call and cancel appointments if ill and waiving all cancellation fees for illness.
- We are also requiring staff to stay home if they are ill.
- Screen everyone that comes into the clinic for COVID-19 symptoms
- Disinfects and cleans all equipment after each use
- Require staff to wear a mask, and follow masking guidelines set by the State of Arizona
- Continue to require staff to wash our hands after each patient
- Support social distancing by spacing our equipment and tables out to at least 6 feet
We appreciate you choosing OSR Physical Therapy for your therapy and If you have any questions at all or need anything, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you think you have been exposed to the virus and have respiratory symptoms, please call your health care provider as a first step, before coming into physical therapy.
Across the world, new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, and some parts of the country have declared a state of emergency. However, according to the CDC and other authorities, the risk remains low for exposure in the U.S. We are monitoring this issue closely and taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and employees.
OSR PT will be waiving all cancellation fees that are due to illness.
How do you protect yourself:
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel works well in most situations (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but handwashing with soap and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. (Putting a tissue on a table contaminates the surface of the table with germs.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid travel to high-risk countries. the CDC is discouraging non-essential travel to or through any of the countries for which the CDC has issued a level 2 or 3 travel health notice.
If you feel sick:
- Use home quarantine or home isolation:
- Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms.
- If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to a COVID-19 infection. Whether you have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important you stay away from others when sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
Symptoms to monitor
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.
You can also learn how Arizona is responding to the situation by visiting the Arizona Department of Health website.