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Coronavirus Update from Choice Physical Therapy

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:

• Fever

• Coughing

• Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you contact your primary care physician for further advice. In the meantime, as a courtesy to your therapist, our clinic staff, and your fellow patients, please do not come into the clinic at this time. Instead, please contact us to reschedule your future appointments—even if it's last-minute—by calling 802.524.1155.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of this virus, CPT will need restrict access to our clinic to PATIENTS ONLY. This includes our waiting room, as well. No family members, children or caregivers will be allowed into these areas. We appreciate your understanding and we will keep monitoring the situation.

Telehealth Services.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 exposure, but you need to keep in contact with your physical therapist, please check with your insurance company to see if your benefits cover Telehealth medicine for Physical Therapy. Medicaid will cover Telehealth in the State of Vermont. IF you are not covered, you may pay out of pocket for Telehealth services, which will allow you to video chat with a therapist and allow them to design your program. Please inquire at our practice about how to establish Telehealth services.

At Choice Physical Therapy, the health of our patients is the cornerstone of why we exist. We look forward to continuing to be a partner in your health and wellness journey and taking steps with our patients to create a healthy and sanitary environment.

Wishing you good health,

The Choice Physical Therapy Team

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