COVID-19 Response Plan

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Michigan is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in adults 65 years and older and people of any age with serious underlying medical problems.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when and infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important that you practice respiratory etiquette.

There are ways to help slow the spread, and everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat by following CDC recommendations:

  • Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based (>60%) rub frequently and not touching your face.

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others in case you are infected but do not have symptoms. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

  • CDC continues to recommend that people try keep 6 feet between themselves and others.

  • Stay home if you are sick, or if someone in your household is sick.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering:

  • The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin.

  • The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual’s cheek.

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • Be secured with ties or ear loops

What is social distancing?

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people

  • Do not gather in groups

  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Watch for symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever (above 100 degrees)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Office Procedures:

Due to the increase of documented cases of COVID-19, we want to make you aware of steps we are implementing in our office. The safety and health of our patients is the top priority to us.

  • If staff is sick or exposed, they are required to inform the doctor immediately and stay home.

  • Patients will be screened with the provided COVID-19 questionnaire about health, travel, and risk exposure upon scheduling and upon entering the office. If answer is positive for any questions, they will be asked to refrain from coming in and seek help with their medical provider.

  • Patients are scheduled 15 minutes apart to decrease encounters.

  • Staff will use gloves, facemasks, protective eyewear, hair cover, scrubs, and office shoes.

  • Schedule of cleaning with bleach and other EPA-approved cleaners of counter tops, computers, door handles and telephones, etc.

    • Tables will be thoroughly cleaned by staff after each patient with disinfectant.

    • Hands will be thoroughly washed with soap and water, for 20 seconds or more.

    • Hand sanitizer will be used by all staff upon entering the treatment room.

  • Hand shaking or similar physical contact with patients will be discontinued.

  • All magazines, toys, brochures and other possible areas for hidden germs have been removed from the office.

  • Chairs have been separated to conform for social distancing and there are now 4 possible waiting areas to separate patients.

  • There are lines marking the floor every 6 feet to indicate proper social spacing.

  • There is a barrier between the lobby and the front desk, providing separation and protection of staff and patients.

Out of consideration for all the patients and staff (some who may be at greater risks from the virus), we respectfully ask that if patients/family members have had any respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms to please notify our office in advance to reschedule your appointments.

We ask, that if you are 60 years or older, please contact the office to schedule during a time with minimal interactions. For those of you who have scheduled appointments, please come as close to your appointment as possible to avoid any clustering in the waiting area, waiting in your car if necessary.

We also ask that if you have traveled outside the state or country in the last 14 days, have or have had contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please call our office to reschedule. If you have a fever, difficulty breathing, or cough, please call your primary care provider for emergency care and reschedule your appointment here.

Please stay updated by checking our Facebook page often. We will keep you informed on any new closings or alterations as time progresses.

Stay healthy and Stay positive. – Smith Chiropractic