To all of our AYPT patients:
With a 14 day incubation period of COVID-19, we are proactively taking a stance against the place where all who have gotten COVID-19 have come from– outside West River, SD. So, effective going forward, anyone (patient or staff member) who has been out of West River, SD, within the past two weeks OR has been in close contact with someone who returned from out of state within the past two weeks will be rescheduled and begin PT intervention in two weeks, and anyone in each of these situations is encouraged to utilize a socially responsible 14 day self-quarantine, then proceed forth.
Because there is a 4 day window between infection and developing a fever, taking one’s temperature does not ensure the safety of our patients presently. Thus, the 14 day incubation period window of self-quarantine we recommend above and 14 day window of not being in our clinic we will be consistent with in order to minimize risk to all AYPT patients.
As always, anyone experiencing any cold or flu symptoms is to call their provider regarding appropriate COVID-19 screening and return to clinic after appropriate screening has been done and symptoms have resolved. Protecting patients against other colds and flu pathogens was and is still the same priority now as before this unique situation.
To maximize social distancing while still carrying on our service, we will have all employees who are able to do their roles from home, work from home until social distancing is no longer needed. To best serve our community, will continue to adapt our plan fluidly to account for and implement all scientifically merited safety measures.
Lastly, we encourage anyone reading this to use this situation as an opportunity to draw nearer to your Creator. Jesus covered us through this, knew it would happen to allow us to draw closer to Him if we chose, that He will give us rest and that this too shall pass in His time. He designed us with an immune system that is FAR craftier than any mutating pathogen. Not even close. God created us in His image, to regard evil as He does…he squishes evil bugs under foot. So does His immune system. Watch Him work.