COVID-19 Update

Saunders Therapy’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated July 18, 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.

Patients and visitors are still required to wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated. Your providers will wear masks when they are working with you. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have relied upon MN Dept of Health and CDC guidelines for best practices. On July 15, 2021, we asked for and received clarification on health care clinic guidelines from MN Dept of Health – they were clear that guidance about masks has not changed for health care providers, including physical therapists. Unfortunately, we have heard of Twin Cities physical therapy clinics not requiring masks this summer. We understand that this can be confusing, and we wish this update were different. We are tired of wearing masks, as I’m sure our patients are! Please be patient and accepting of our decision to continue to follow State and National guidance on the masking issue.

We encourage you to bring your own face covering, but can provide a mask if requested. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth during your visit.

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 for cancellations due to Covid-19 concerns.

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
  • 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!