Who would have thought this would be the new normal? We were really on the fence whether to write a blog post on the COVID-19 Pandemic or not. I'm glad we waited to avoid adding more hype to the situation. With 6 months of the pandemic now behind us, it seems appropriate to address the issue more concretely. AVORA has been fortunate to avoid any positive tests so far (knock on wood) and we hope that it stays that way.
As a healthcare service provider, we feel especially committed to avoid cross contamination. Many of our patients are vulnerable, especially our elder population. So, our precautions may seem overly rigorous to some, but it helps us sleep better at night knowing that we have been doing all that we can to help prevent the spread. All patients are required to wear masks and we take temperatures and ask them to wash their hands before and after leaving our clinics. We also screen for potential cases before allowing admittance into our facilities. Additionally, we have more stringent cleaning procedures and have closed our waiting rooms and ask patients to call us when they arrive so we can bring them in one at a time.
We may not know if we are being overly cautious, but we will know if we are not doing the best job we can. I hope everyone in need of our services can appreciate the situation we are in and so far, I'm pleased to say that our patients have not only been supportive of our measures, but also appreciative that we care enough to take things seriously. We wish you the best of staying healthy and look forward to assisting you any way we can.
Dr. Kim Fox, DPT is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore and the University of Montana School of Physical Therapy.