COVID-19 Update

Saunders Therapy’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated February 23, 2021

Saunders Staff has been vaccinated! Our ongoing commitment to safety includes continued precautions to limit entry to individuals who are symptom-free and without confirmed exposure to the virus, and who have had sufficient time to recover after a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Everyone in the clinic is still required to wear a mask and have their temperatures taken with a quick infrared forehead scan on arrival. We can provide masks, but encourage you to bring your own. The mask must cover the nose and mouth during your visit. THESE PRECAUTIONS ARE STILL IN FORCE, even if you have received the vaccine yourself.

Please do not bring non-essential visitors with you to your appointment. Please make childcare arrangements to help us maintain appropriate social distancing.

If you have had exposure to a person with a CONFIRMED case of Covid-19, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

If you have any of the symptoms below, or live or work closely with someone with these symptoms, please call us to reschedule your appointment. There will be no cancellation fees charged during this time.

Handwashing Covid-19

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

This list does not include all possible symptoms, as CDC and MN Dept of Health guidance changes as more information becomes available. Please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell.

FAQs About Saunders’ Covid Policies and Procedures

Q: I have been vaccinated – why do I still need to wear a mask?
A: Saunders is committed to following local and national public health guidelines, which stress the importance of preventing possible transmission of the virus to the unvaccinated population. Current best practices are to continue hygienic practice, which includes frequent handwashing, social distancing, and wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth.

Q: I was exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 – when can I come in?
A: If you had prolonged exposure, as defined by more than 15′ exposure, e.g., if you live with or work closely with the person, you should not return until 14 days after you were exposed.

Q: I have symptoms – when can I return?
A: You can return 3 days after all symptoms resolve, but NO SOONER than 7 days after you first experienced symptoms.

Q: I had a positive test for Covid-19 – when can I return?
A: You may return 10 days after symptom onset, as long as it has been at least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and no other symptoms.

Q: I have a medical reason I cannot wear a mask or face covering. Can I come in?
A: No. Our policy is to require mask or face covering for everyone in the clinic. We are prioritizing safety for all of our patients.

Lisa Martens DPT
Lisa Martens, DPT is happy to have gotten her jab!

Here Are The Steps We’re Taking to Provide the Best Possible Clinical Care

  • Vaccination: Clinic Staff has received two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • Staggered appointment times to limit number of people in clinic
  • Immediate treatment rooming – few people in waiting room
  • Providers wear masks and/or face shields, depending on treatment
  • Patients wear masks; frequent handwashing and sanitizing breaks for those with extended appointment times
  • Your treatment may be modified to limit very close contact between you and your therapist

As always, we are grateful for your support and confidence in Saunders Therapy Centers!