A message from Harbor PT regarding Coronavirus
To our Harbor Physical Therapy family,
We at Harbor Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine care deeply about your health and safety. As COVID-19 continues to spread within the U.S., we want you to know that we are taking every precaution to keep our patients, our healthcare providers, and our community safe.
In a memorandum released March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated that those individuals who work in a critical infrastructure industry, such as healthcare services, have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule.
According to Dr. Matos, an expert in biologic surety and the management of select agent programs at federal facilities:
“Physical therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. They play a key role in keeping people they can help out of the doctor offices and ERs. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist.”
In complying with these recommendations, we will continue to remain open to provide physical therapy on a limited basis. We are asking that those individuals who have any signs or symptoms of illness remain home. Additionally, individuals who are elderly or immunocompromised likewise should remain sheltered at home. Click here to see an information sheet outlining the precautions we are taking at Harbor Physical Therapy to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy.
Click here to read an article from AARP, “5 Ways To Boost Your Immune System”, which contains valuable information for all age groups to help maintain optimal health. We will update our website frequently with information from the CDC and other health organizations.
In an effort to provide you with the best possible care, we are currently developing Telehealth portals which will allow us to maintain contact with you, and help you continue to progress toward your rehabilitation goals. If you are interested in pursuing Telehealth with Harbor Physical Therapy, please email us or call the office, and we will be happy to assist you.
Thank you for the confidence you have placed in Harbor Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. As always, the health and safety of our patients is our highest priority.
Michael O’Donnell, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
And All Harbor Physical Therapy Staff
How Harbor Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
is Protecting Patients and Staff
Novel human coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is of concern to all of us.
We are taking tangible steps to help prevent the spread of disease and protect our patients and staff.
Stay at home if you are sick
A key point is keeping people who are ill away from other people. Therefore, we have instructed any staff feeling ill to remain at home. We ask the same of any patients feeling ill.
Practice proper hand and wrist hygiene
Wash your hands – and your wrists often. Staff regularly wash their hands between patients, but we are placing extra emphasis on this. We ask patients to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after treatment.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If no tissue is handy, sneeze or cough into a bent elbow. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing regularly.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
People frequently touch their eyes, nose or mouth without even realizing it. Try and eliminate this behavior, particularly after touching objects or being around someone who is coughing or sneezing.
Cleaning and disinfecting our clinic
We have always practiced good cleaning and disinfecting protocols and have increased the frequency and depth of those efforts. Rest assured that we are paying extra attention to items that are frequently touched.