Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
At Apex Physical Therapy, the health and safety of our patients and our employees is always our top priority.
In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are committed to following updates and keeping our patients, team member and communities informed and safe. Apex Physical Therapy is actively monitoring all updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local health authorities. We are working alongside our hospital and medical provider partners to provide the best care and communication during this time.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Successful completion of your plan of care is important to becoming a healthier and stronger you. For the safety of other patients and our team members, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment if you:
- Have any symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
- Have been in contact with someone with known or suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Have visited or been in close contact with anyone who has visited in the last 14 days countries/regions that the CDC declares high risk of infection spread.
OUR PRIORITY IS A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY CARE:
Apex Physical Therapy has instituted elevated protocols and procedures at all locations to ensure preventative measures are taken to provide a safe environment for our patients and community members to access physical therapy. All staff have been educated in these measures:
- Screening of all patients prior to each visit
- Continuous disinfection of all common areas, treatment rooms, gym spaces, bathrooms, door handles, equipment, countertops, and electronic devices
- Frequent hand washing and / or use of alcohol-based sanitizer
- Cough and sneeze etiquette
- Having alcohol-based sanitizer readily available to all patients throughout our clinics
- Emphasis and encouragement of proper hand hygiene among our patients
- Staff and team members are asked to stay home when ill
- Temporary postponement of all clinic hosted or sponsored community events, seminars, and outreach
IF YOU FEEL SICK
The safety of staff and patients is our highest priority. COVID-19 is a virus that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold or flu, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are a current patient and are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you contact your clinic by PHONE and reschedule your appointment. We are waiving any late cancellation fees for respiratory illness-related cancellations.
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.
TeleHealth Consent Form
I, consent to participating in a telehealth visit with a Physical Therapist, who is an employee of Apex Physical Therapy. I understand that the evaluation and treatment of current medical condition(s) using a synchronous video and/or audio call is under the Physical Therapy scope of practice similar to a clinic visit and will be carried out by a licensed practitioner.
I understand that the telehealth session will use Doxy.me, a computer application that allows for encrypted video meetings. Encrypted meetings are private meetings between the Physical Therapist and the patient that keeps health information on a secure line, prevents hacking, and reduces invasion of privacy. I understand that the version of Doxy.me used for telehealth visits does not have a business contract to be HIPAA compliant, however, Doxy.me does follow HIPAA guidelines to ensure private health information is kept secure throughout the session. This private health information is not stored after completion. No recording of the session will be done unless verbal consent is given.
I understand the Physical Therapist will conduct the session in a space that is conducive for keeping health information private and maintain professional guidelines. I understand that no physical exam or manual therapy will be given during a telehealth visit and I agree to the Therapist’s plan of care that may be modified for telehealth.
I have also signed the general consent form for treatment from the clinic, Apex Physical Therapy. The current clinic policies apply to telehealth visits as well.