Dear Turning Point Clients. Please be assured that covid-19 safety is a top priority for us right now. We continue to monitor developments and want to share with you what we are implementing to safeguard our clients. We will continue to provide our services uninterrupted unless you are notified otherwise.
Our procedures are consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We ask all clients who have symptoms, have been exposed, or may become sick due to known exposure to contact us and reschedule their appointment. We have many openings in April and our May and summer calendar is wide open.
For the next two weeks, we will be scheduling new follow-up meetings to take place by skype or phone to reduce contact, but we cannot do assessments remotely. We do sit a few feet from our clients with the desk in between and have no need for direct contact. We keep tissues and hand sanitizer on the desk during the assessment. We clean and sanitize all materials after each use including test materials, pencils, clip boards, computer keyboards and copy machine etc. We are no longer shaking hands, but you are still warmly welcomed. We have surgical masks on order if you would like to use them or are more comfortable with us using them during the assessment. They should arrive this week.
Lisa, our office manager, works from home. Dr. Meek and I have no symptoms and to our knowledge have had no exposure to anyone with confirmed exposure or sickness. We are both doing all we can to stay healthy including reducing our community exposure, cancelling trips and social events, and generally limiting our activities to home and work. We are hoping to get tested for the virus to reassure our clients as soon as that option is available to us. Dr. Meek and I use hand sanitizer every few minutes when testing and offer hand sanitizer to our clients to use as frequently as possible.
Our Environment: Our building is occupied by very few people. There are only 4 regular occupants in a three-story building and we have little or no contact with each other. Our offices are closed and fully cleaned every Sunday. All of us are committed to daily cleaning and sanitizing door knobs, stair railing, furniture, bathroom fixtures and materials including toys and Legos which are sanitized in the dishwasher. We have removed magazines from our waiting area. Dr. Meek and I work from home when we don’t have clients, and the other building occupants are 2 lawyers and an accountant who don’t typically see clients at our location, so there is little community contact in our environment. We are sanitizing our car steering wheels, shopping carts, and our private homes as well. I live alone and Dr. Meek lives with her husband so our contact with others is very limited.
The More You Know: Our most excellent office manager, Lisa Anderson, is a nursing student and intern and she would like to share this information from the medical community with our clients. Thanks Lisa.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Dr. Meek, Lisa and I are staying closely connected and working to advance our preparedness and respond appropriately. We will email you with any updates. Please visit CDC.gov for the latest information about covid 19.
We look forward to meeting you soon and helping you with your assessment needs.
The Turning Point Team – Dr. Patty Meek, Patty Martens, and Lisa Anderson