COVID-19 Virus Information
HVMPT takes the health and safety of our patients, staff and community very seriously. As you know, there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ulster county and it is important to understand what measures are in place to protect our patients and community. Exposure to the virus is thought to spread mainly from prolonged person-to-person exposure between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet, and through respiratory droplets from an infected person coughing or sneezing. You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. To help protect yourself, the CDC recommends to avoid contact with sick individuals, avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard, clean frequently touched objects, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wearing a mask when you go out in public is mandatory. It is essential to wear a mask because this measure will decrease respiratory droplets from reaching and potentially infecting others. If everyone wears a mask, we are all doing our part to keep each other safe.
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing; however, COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. The overall risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is low. Most patients who are infected will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms including fever and cough. Those at greatest risk for serious complications are the elderly and those with existing chronic medical conditions such as COPD, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Children who have been infected seem to experience mild upper respiratory illness or no illness at all. It’s important to talk to your children about good hygiene and make sure they are washing their hands frequently while out in public.
Best Quality Healthcare From Home
We continue to offer remote therapy via video chat, or “Telehealth visits,” for patients who are uncomfortable in public settings and in need of physical therapy. These sessions are designed to help you heal from home. CMS describes e-visits as “non face-to-face patient-initiated digital communications that require a clinical decision that otherwise typically would have been provided in the office.” Contact us to set up a Telehealth visit.
This pandemic is financially and emotionally tough. At HVMPT, we want you to know that we are here for you, and we support you. Below are resources we have compiled to get you through this trying time. If you need further information or to access help, browse these websites and numbers:
- New York State Department of Health : 888-364-3065
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Mental Health Hotline: For free and confidential emotional support, consultation and referral to a local provider, call: 1-844-863-9314
- New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
- Child Care Resources for Parents & Providers
- Unemployment Insurance | 1-800-209-8124
We are offering updates about the office on Facebook and our Instagram, @hudsonvalleymanualpt. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions and concerns over these platforms. Stay safe, wear a mask when unable to stay further than six feet, and continue to educate yourself and others!
The Staff at Hudson Valley Manual Physical Therapy