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North Star Chiropractic Center and COVID-19

The global health crisis involving COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) is affecting all of us in many ways, including but not limited to: cancelled plans, travel and school closures, working from home, or loss of employment. We understand the frustrations and stress this has put on all of us, but we are in this together and by working together we can overcome this.

We Are Open!

As the pandemic continues, our office has received many calls wondering if we are still open. The answer is yes!

Chiropractors are essential providers that can help ease the stress on hospital and medical staff by helping the public with any musculoskeletal issues during this time, so the Washington State Department of Health has asked us to remain open as long as possible.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order issued 3/23/2020 continues to include alternative medicine as essential.

For real time updates and any changes to our hours, please connect with us on our Facebook page.

Keep A Healthy Lifestyle

We need to take this opportunity to improve our lifestyle and incorporate healthy new life choices into our daily routine. Try to use this time to re-shift your focus to being grateful and don’t forget to count your blessings during this time of uncertainty.

Look for ways to enjoy the time you have with your immediate family and reach out to those you can’t physically see through apps like Facetime and Skype.

Our Office Safety Measures

To ensure your safety and to do our part in stopping this virus, I have been working hard with my staff to provide a safe environment for my patients and staff and in doing so have implemented some new protocols:

  • All high-touch areas of our office (adjustment, massage, & reception areas, counters, pens, and clipboards, etc) are disinfected multiple times a day.
  • We have removed items that are difficult to sanitize such as books, newsletters, brochures, and children’s toys.
  • We make every effort to keep safe distances between patients and staff by creating the “safe distance” space in front of our front desk, and limiting the number of patients we schedule and allow in our office in order to minimize any potential contagious contact.
  • Employees experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (low grade fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat) are being asked to stay home for extended periods of time until they are symptom free.
  • Patients experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness are asked to contact our office to reschedule their appointment(s) and seek medical help.
  • If we suspect that you may have a fever, we may take your temperature in our office prior to your treatment to provide confirmation.

Keeping Yourself Healthy

There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and taking the following precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Consider social distancing (i.e. avoid public gatherings)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We encourage everyone in our community to take steps to minimize the spread of the virus as directed by the CDC and our State. The most reliable resources of information and newest recommendations are found here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus/

If you have any questions, please contact us. Stay safe and healthy! We are in this together! -Dr. Early and staff

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