Merriam Park Acupuncture COVID-19 Policy
Patient guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wait outside for your acupuncturist to let you in. You will be instructed as to where to set your belongings, have your temperature taken, and wash your hands.
- Wear a mask.
- Be aware that an excellent way to prevent the spread is to not touch your face. Avoid coughing or sneezing in the building. Excuse yourself to go outside or hold it in.
- Take a tissue when you enter the room in case you have to scratch your face.
- Leave as much as you can at home (jackets, bags, purses).
- Come to your appointment in pants and a shirt that you can roll up to your knees and elbows.
- Ask your guests to wait in their car. PCAs and interpreters are welcome to come with you, but will need to wait in your room or in their car while your needles are in.
- You will not be allowed in the building if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You will be screened at the door for the following: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. If you have new symptoms of headache, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle aches that are not attributed to any other health condition or situation we will ask you to go home and encourage a Telehealth consultation.
Here are the steps we are taking:
- Every surface that a person touches will be wiped with a bleach solution that the CDC recommends after each use. This includes door handles, tables where items were placed, back of door where clothes are hung, chairs, faucet, and toilet.
- We will wear a KN95 mask and a face shield during your appointment.
- We are staggering treatment rooms so they can be left empty with a HEPA air filter in them.
- We will be socially distancing ourselves in our daily lives as much as possible except for coming to Merriam Park Acupuncture.
- We will be able to stay 6 feet from you until we needle you which takes about two minutes.
- We will not come to work if we are feeling even the slightest bit sick or “off.”
- We will continue to hold safety meetings and stay abreast of new advice from our medical board and acupuncture associations both state and national.