COVID-19: The Changing Landscape

August 12, 2020

COVID-19 has certainly changed the landscape of our society!! Thank you for your patience as I have adjusted infection control protocols to improve your safety while receiving treatment.

With the advancement to Stage 2 for re-opening Shasta County, healthcare providers can now resume “preventative and deferred care”.  Many of you fit that category. I now invite you to prioritize your health as you begin to move about society again—especially since I’ve observed (what seems like) many people are ignoring the social distancing guidelines and too many are not wearing masks in public places.

I am still not able to offer group acupuncture, facials, or the weight loss program. The monthly trauma/stress clinics are on hold indefinitely.  The pre-admission free consultations are by virtual appointment only. TuiNa can be scheduled on an “as needed” basis, mostly for pain, though it may be appropriate under other circumstances.  LaoShi Tales, our teaching series, has moved online. You can register for the webinar link via our Facebook page (facebook.com/WellnessAcupx) or the monthly newsletter.

I want to provide as high a safety margin as possible, therefore I am following the Best Practices guidelines of our national organization. Highlights of the current guidelines affecting your behavior while at Wellness Acupuncture include:

1.     You are required to wear a face mask or covering while in the clinic. If you don’t have one,  I have a few for sale at the office. Children under 2 years old should not wear face coverings.

2.     EVERYONE will have a symptom and temperature screening before entering. If you have developed new symptoms within the past 48 hours that might indicate COVID-19 (Fever over 100.5, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, muscle aches not related to exercise, diarrhea), you will be immediately referred for evaluation by western medicine.

3.     Everyone must wash their hands as they enter the clinic. Water-less hand sanitizer is available in the rooms for use as you leave. (The bottle is disinfected along with the room between clients.) Tissues and foot pedal wastebaskets are also available in the room.

4.     Please arrive 5 minutes early to be screened, wash, and prepare. Any persons arriving 5 minutes late might not be seen (and you will be charged the late cancellation fee.) Anyone arriving earlier will need to wait outside.

5.     Only the client with the appointment and staff/volunteers are allowed in the clinic. In case of a dependent client (infant/child or adult requiring assistance), only one person will be allowed to accompany the client and must remain in the same treatment room throughout the visit.

6.     To avoid sharing pens to fill out the billing slip, you can pre-pay online (and save the $1 credit card fee) or pre-write a check and drop it in the box without an envelope. If you are paying cash or want me to bill your credit card, you need to fill out a payment slip but bring your own pen. You are welcome to take extra slips and envelopes home to fill out ahead of time.

7.     No food or drinks may be brought in. Tea service has been discontinued. If you need water, please ask. (It is no longer “self-serve”.)

8.     The back door is now the Entrance and the front door is now the Exit.

9.     TeleHealth can be utilized if you are ill or you just want herbal &/or dietary support.

Please be patient when you arrive. The entrance is locked because of the required screening so knock loudly when you arrive--DO NOT assume I heard you, especially if you are a "timid Knocker".  There’s a lot of cleaning going on behind the scenes and I just might be in the middle of getting your room ready for you.

As with everything these days, these guidelines are subject to change as this crisis unfolds.

In Service, Dr. Ann

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