COVID-19: Letter to our patients
As a chiropractic office, we understand and share our patients’ concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Updated June 30, 2021.
Washington State has lifted the mask requirement in most businesses for those who are fully vaccinated; however, the state regulates healthcare facilities differently than other businesses.
Facilities such as ours must still require the use of appropriate face coverings and social distancing, regardless of vaccination status.
Unless you are exempt from the mask mandate for age or medical reasons, we must ask that you continue to wear one. We understand the confusion this may cause, but we thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to seeing your smiling face soon!
Updated May 20, 2021.
Governor Inslee has issued Proclamations 20-25 and subsequent amendments that have addressed a number of issues, including when certain business activities are permissible and the requirement to wear a face covering. The secretary of health has issued Order 20-03.2 effective May 15, 2021 (amending Order 20-03.1), which requires every person in Washington state to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are outside of their house, subject to certain exceptions. While Order 20-03.2 does exempt people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from the general requirement to wear a face covering, this exemption does not apply to health care settings. Following this guidance, we ask that you continue to wear your mask in our office for your appointment. Exemptions from this requirement: Patients (or visitors) who are unable to wear a mask due to valid health-related reasons.
We plan to continue to provide chiropractic care with the high standard of safety protocols that were already in place and take all the necessary measures to ensure safe treatment procedures for our patients and staff.
The Washington State Department of Health considers chiropractic an essential healthcare service. The WSCA (Washington State Chiropractic Association) has already called on all Washington chiropractors to remain open and accept patients. Doctors of chiropractic are portals of entry health care providers and have the ability to provide differential diagnosis and either treat the patient or make a referral to an appropriate specialist. Considering the heavy burdens other segments of the healthcare system are currently experiencing, chiropractic care helps ease the burden and provide the care that patients need, and cannot receive elsewhere.
The office always follows standard protocols for cleaning hard surfaces, especially patient contact surfaces. Our daily cleaning procedures are already thorough at RYNK Chiropractic; however, we are taking extra time to clean and disinfect so that our facility remains a safe and welcome space for our patients. At this time, we are cleaning and disinfecting patient contact surfaces (i.e., exam table, adjusting table), therapeutic devices, and equipment (i.e., Activator, laser, trigger point device, body scanner) after each patient contact. We are also wiping down and disinfecting all desks, tables, handles, knobs, etc. on an hourly basis with extra vigilance.
In addition to our cleaning procedures following every patient visit, at the end of each day we are thoroughly disinfecting all hard surfaces, including door handles, drawer pulls, etc, and vacuuming soft surfaces. We are using air purifiers as well as increasing ventilation in our office. We will continue to monitor updated information and will maintain cleaning protocols as recommended by health care officials.
We are supporting emergency infectious disease control measures by following clinical guidelines regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Washington State Chiropractic Association to minimize the risk of viral spread through chiropractic clinical care in our office. Notably, all patients need to consider these questions prior to visiting our office:
Do you have fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath?
Have you had close contact with a person who traveled to high-risk sites or has COVID-19?
We want to thank you for your on-going support. We will continue to keep you updated. The health and well-being of our families and patients are our highest priority.
Roy Jung, DC, CCSP