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COVID-19 Clinic Precautions

NAPA Center is dedicated to providing direct center-based therapy services while ensuring the safety of our employees, patients, and their families. We have implemented the policies and procedures below and will be continuously monitoring the following resources which have been used to create our internal COVID-19 prevention procedures:

Covid-19 Daily Screening

A screening questionnaire must be completed prior to entering the clinic.

Expanded COVID-19 Sick Policy

We ask you to remain home if you or any member of your household show symptoms of coronavirus, including, but not limited to:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you or your child have any of the symptoms above, we require one of the following prior to your child returning to in-clinic services:

    • A negative COVID test, resolution of symptoms, and no fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications OR
    • Medical clearance from a physician including a date your child is safe to return to in-clinic therapy services OR
    • 10 days from symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms

Management of COVID-19 Exposure

Positive Test Result
If you, your child, or anybody in your household tests positive for COVID-19, follow the CDC guidelines and consult the guidance of a healthcare physician. If you have been at NAPA within 48 hours of the positive test or symptom onset, please contact a NAPA staff member immediately. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may return to NAPA after 5 days but must wear a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask, you must remain out of NAPA for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test.

Close Contact Exposure
If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations OR if you had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. You will need to continue to wear a mask around others for a total of 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you will need to remain out of the clinic for a total of 10 days post-exposure.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations OR have not had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days we ask you to remain out of the clinic for 5 days post-close contact exposure and to receive a negative COVID-19 test no less than 48 hours post-exposure prior to returning to NAPA. You will need to continue to wear a mask around others for a total of 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you will need to remain out of the clinic for a total of 10 days post-exposure.

If at any time you test positive or develop symptoms during your quarantine period, see above (Positive Test Results).

 

*Close contact – Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Scheduling and Workflow

  • In order to limit in-person services to a minimum, we ask any patients that are able to receive services via Telehealth to continue to do so
  • Each patient is permitted two people to attend therapy sessions at a time. This can be any combination of parents, siblings, nurses, or any other visitor.
  • The parent lounge may be utilized between therapy sessions
    • Limit one household per table
    • Remain six feet apart from others outside of your household at all times

Handwashing and Hygiene

Hand hygiene is an important part of the United States response to the international emergence of COVID-19. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings. CDC recommendations reflect this important role. Staff will wash their hands before and after each treatment session for at least 20 seconds.

Additional alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations are available around the clinic that contain at least 70% alcohol. These stations are available for all individuals in the clinic.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Cloth or medical masks must be worn by all patients and guests who enter the clinic above 2 years old. If a child is unable or will not tolerate wearing a mask, they will be exempt
  • Masks must always cover the mouth and nose and be worn properly
  • Clear face shields may not be worn as a substitute for a mask
  • NAPA therapists wear medical masks and protective eyewear at all times when treating. Gloves and face shields are to be used as deemed appropriate by the treating therapist
  • Should one need a break from wearing their mask during the day, they can take a break outside, in their car, or in the outdoor playground

Cleaning Protocol

  • In addition to our standard daily cleaning, at least 10 minutes will be provided between sessions for proper sanitation of therapy equipment and space
  • Therapy mats and equipment will be cleaned between each session using a hospital-grade disinfectant cleaner
  • Janitorial or designated staff will disinfect all high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, counters, light switches, handles, desks, sinks, faucets, etc.) and bathrooms throughout the day
  • All families must bring their own toys or preferred items to use during their session, which must be sanitized prior to bringing them to the clinic

Help us by Doing Your Part

We ask that you join in our safety measures by taking part in the following activities:

  • Please let our staff know if you have any symptoms of illness
  • Practice your own social distancing while inside of the clinic
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering the facility
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after each treatment session
  • Please don’t hesitate to ask any of our staff to clean something for you if you have any concerns
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