Union Physical Therapy COVID-19 Response
Union Physical Therapy is open for both TeleHealth and in-office visits.
In an effort to minimize risk to both our patients and staff, we have implemented new standard practices around screening patients prior to visits, the use of personal protective equipment and cleaning procedures. These practices are detailed below under the Risk Reduction Measures.
Union Physical Therapy is continuing to follow guidelines outlined by Governor Inslee, DOH, the CDC, WHO and other public health authorities. Under Washington State public health authorities, physical therapy is listed as an essential business and it is our goal to remain open and available to meet the needs of the patients in our community.
Under the guidance of the Washington State Department of Health Physical Therapy is deemed an essential service and we continue to offer in-office therapy services.
While social distancing measures are in effect, we are asking patients whose physical therapy needs are able to be met via TeleHealth, to consider those services. For more information regarding our TeleHealth services, check out our TeleHealth Services page.
The scheduling of an in-office visit can be done by calling our admin team at 206.588.0855 or emailing directly at [email protected]
Please feel free to schedule your TeleHealth visit online through our Fullslate scheduling platform.
The following enhanced precautions are being taken by staff and our patients for in-office visits.We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation and are making adjustments according to local and national health care authorities.
Pre-Visit Patient Screening
Each patient will be asked the following questions prior to their visit via a phone call prior to their appointment as well as upon arrival.
Do you have or have you had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Loss of smell/taste
- Sore throat
- Tightness in chest
- Fever over 100.4 degrees
Have you been exposed to anyone including other healthcare professionals with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or the above symptoms in the last 14 days?
Have you been travelled out-of-state for any reason by means of public transportation including plane, bus, train, etc?
For patients that have recently travelled across state lines via public transportation, we are asking that patients receive a negative COVID 19 test 7 days after returning from their trip or to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to in-clinic appointments. TeleHealth services will be available to these patients during it is safe to return to in-clinic visits.
Answering Yes to any of the following questions will automatically trigger a rescheduling of a visit until 14 days of your potential exposure to the coronavirus.
Union Physical Therapy staff will be taking temperature readings for both staff and patients upon arrival. Additionally, increased use of personal protection equipment will be worn by staff, including masks, scrub tops, and gloves (latex and non-latex available). Our entire staff is wearing KN95 filtering masks or equivalent which reduce the risk of exposure of our patients and our staff. Additionally, each treatment room, our waiting area and our main gym space has been fitted with HEPA air purification systems. Union PT has also increased to twice-daily cleaning practices and have added plexiglass shielding to our front desk area to ensure patients and staff are able to communicate safely.
We are requiring all patients to wear CDC face coverings during their in-clinic appointments. Gator or buff style masks do not provide adequate filtering for an in-clinic physical therapy visit. If you do not have a face covering available, we can provide one during your visit.
We are now selling KN-95 masks for $3.00. These masks reduce your risk of exposure and decrease the risk of exposure to those around you. We are recommending that patient buy and use these masks while in therapy to reduce the risk for everyone in the practice.
We are also limiting the volume of patients and we ask patients to please not bring any guests with them unless required for mobility or in the event the patient is a minor.
Based on findings from the Center for Disease Control, we are asking patients with the following conditions limit their in-clinic physical therapy to an absolute minimum unless otherwise required and approved by their therapist.
- Heart disease