Columbia City Acupuncture and Herbs

Quality Healthcare Since 2005

COVID-19 Response and Plan

The clinic is closed from March 16 to April 13th to help tamp down the spread of the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease. The State of Washington considers acupuncture an essential medical practice, and has advised acupuncturists and other such pracitioners to continue practicing healthcare for medically necessary cases, such as pain management.

In the meantime I, like all others in any healthcare field, have had to rethink how to operate so that everyone who walks through the door neither contracts nor spreads the novel Coronavirus while within the treatment space.

Here is how I hope to operate safely for the foreseeable future:

1. I cannot treat anyone in-person with cold or flu symptoms. It is important to understand that if you are not feeling well you should remain home and call your primary care doctor. "Not feeling well" includes feeling "off", like you are "coming down with something", sudden fatigue, body aches, loss of sense of smell and taste, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms. If you have been in close contact with someone with the above symptoms, then please also stay home for two weeks after exposure. If you suffer from allergies, especially seasonally, please pay close attention to whether or not your symptoms are different from what you are used to - if you feel any of the above symptoms in addition to allergies that is a good sign that you should stay home.

The very early symptoms of a Coronavirus infection resemble the common flu and it is impossible to rule out COVID-19 without a test. If you are not sure, then err on the side of safety and stay home.

I am happy to consult over the phone or video, and can leave herbs outside for pickup.

2. I will be limiting the numbers of appointments each week in order to allow for proper spacing and disinfecting between appointments.

3. Everyone who enters the clinic will have access to sanitized cloth masks to wear during appointments, and we ask that you please use one, either ours or your own. This is primarily to keep you from spreading the virus if you are a carrier, but also to protect you. We will be wearing masks as well. The key to success with face masks is to maintain proper mask protocol - wash your hands then use the strings or elastic to put it on or remove it, wash your hands if you touch the mask or your face, wash your hands again after you take it off.

4. Disinfecting between each appointment: We will regularly disinfect the common areas, as well as the treatment rooms in between appointments to maintain a highly sanitized environment at all times.

5. For payment I will be switching primarily to online invoices to reduce touching of common surfaces.

If you have any questions please email or call (206) 650-9404

- David