COVID-19 Update

MASK POLICY

Effective September 19, 2022, our clinics have both “masks required” and “masks optional” areas:

Patients, visitors, and clinicians are required to mask before entering our facility and at all times while in main clinic space, including reception area, treatment rooms and hallways. This policy applies even if fully vaccinated.

Patients, visitors, and clinicians in our Industrial Rehabilitation gym space are not required to wear masks, subject to additional guidelines below. Masks must be worn when checking in and walking through the main clinic area and may not be removed until within the posted “Mask Optional” gym space.

Please be patient and accepting of our decision to continue to follow State and National guidance on the masking issue in our main clinic areas.

We encourage you to bring your own mask but can provide one if requested. *The mask can be a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth during your visit.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND SYMPTOMS

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.

Handwashing Covid-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills/Repeated shaking
  • 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. Please follow your physician’s guidance on whether to attend your appointment.

FAQs About Saunders’ Covid Policies and Procedures

Q: I was exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 – when can I come in?
A: Please call us for personal guidance on when you may be seen following a Covid-19 exposure.

Q: I have symptoms – when can I return?
A: You can return 24 hours after all symptoms resolve, but NO SOONER than 5 days after you first experienced symptoms. (Industrial Rehabilitation clients: On your return, you will be required to wear a mask for Days 6-10.)

Q: CDC has not changed its policy recommending masks in health care settings. Why are masks optional in Saunders Therapy Centers’ Industrial Rehabilitation gyms?
A: Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have relied upon MN Dept of Health and CDC guidelines for best practices. Guidance about masks has not changed for health care providers, including physical and occupational therapists. However, we recognize that our Industrial Rehabilitation gym spaces more closely resemble community spaces like health clubs, few of which require masks. Further, as an independent outpatient clinic, our spaces are not shared with patients being seen for general medical conditions, including communicable diseases like Covid19. In its August 11, 2022 website update, CDC relaxed certain quarantine and other guidelines, stating “COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to us for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic.” For all of these reasons, we believe our updated mask policy strikes the appropriate balance given our unique setting.

Q: I had a positive test for Covid-19 – when can I return?
A: You may return 5 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. (Industrial Rehabilitation clients: On your return, you will be required to wear a mask for Days 6-10.)

Q: I have a medical reason I cannot wear a mask or face covering. Can I come in?
A: Our policy is to require a mask or face covering for everyone in the main treatment areas of each clinic. If your treatment is in the Industrial Rehabilitation gym, you will be able to remove your mask, but not until you are in the gym. All patients, even those whose main treatment is in the gym, are required to wear a mask when checking in or walking through main clinic areas. Signs are posted where masks are optional.

Q: My treatment is expected to be in the Industrial Rehabilitation gym, but I am worried about Covid-19 exposure and would like extra precautions. What can be done to accommodate me?
A: Our Industrial Rehabilitation gyms are large spaces, with relatively few people. Extra precautions can be accommodated by scheduling your appointment during our least busy times. Our staff can design your personal program activities to maximize social distance from other clients and staff. Finally, all of our clinicians are willing to wear a mask when working with you, if you request it.

 

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: All Saunders employees are fully vaccinated and up-to-date with boosters as defined by CDC
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • All staff in main clinic areas wear masks
  • Your provider will wear a mask and/or face shield, depending on treatment
  • If your treatment is in the Industrial Rehabilitation gym, you may request additional precautions, including scheduling your appointment during our least busy times, and/or requesting that your provider wear a mask when working closely with you

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