On Sunday, March 22, the Ohio Department of Health’s Director, Dr. Acton, issued a Stay at Home order for all of Ohio in response to the latest developments regarding COVID-19. As we have been doing the last 2 weeks, we will continue to closely monitor and directly follow all guidelines and recommendations made by the governor’s office, ODOH, and other federal guidelines.

At this time, we remain open for our normal hours, which you can find posted on our Facebook page and website. The current guidelines issued in the Stay at Home order are recommending we continue to provide essential and emergent care for our patients.

What we do is valuable and essential, however we urge anyone who may feel unsafe in public spaces, feel sick, or feel they are part of a vulnerable population to stay home or call our office ahead of their appointment time to ask what they should do. We continue to diligently sanitize our facility, monitor our employees’ health, and take measures we have detailed in our prior post. In addition, we will now be strictly enforcing the “6-foot rule” and other distancing rules in our office, with which our staff will be assisting. We will also be seeing “vulnerable” patients exclusively between 11am-1pm during the week, as well as providing separate treatment rooms for these patients in need.

At Johnstown Chiropractic, your health is always our number one priority. As we continue to provide care to our patients, we have continued to implement measures to increase the cleaning and sanitizing practices in our office, which includes all treatment surfaces, common areas and frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, sign in areas, treatment chairs and tables, etc. This is standard in all healthcare offices as we continue to provide care to those in need.

If you are experiencing or have been in contact with others who have experienced any fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should refrain from coming into the office, limit your exposure to other people, and reach out to your primary care physician/local emergency department to determine your risk level and next steps.

It is estimated by epidemiologists that a large majority of those in the US could become exposed to the coronavirus.  However, it is important to understand that it will not affect all individuals the same.  For the majority of individuals, contracting the virus is expected to be similar to coming down with a cold or flu virus, followed by recovery.  Symptoms for many will be mild to moderate.  However, for individuals of advanced age, with complicating conditions or challenged immunities, it could cause more severe sickness or possible death.

In these unprecedented times of uncertainty, what can you do to improve your health and reduce the risk for you and your family?  Beyond discussing concerns with your primary care physician, here are some suggestions that we recommend:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Eat healthy, nutrient rich foods
  3. Get plenty of rest/sleep
  4. Take daily vitamins, including those that are known to support your immune system
  5. Incorporate daily physical activity and stress reduction techniques like meditation into your routine
  6. Get fresh air.  As the weather changes, open windows and get outside as much as possible
  7. Get adjusted
  8. Avoid large crowds and people exhibiting signs of fever and cough
  9. If you don’t feel well, stay home and limit your interactions with other people
  10. Wash your hands frequently
  11. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, unless you are certain your hands are clean
  12. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  13. Don’t panic.  Stay informed with accurate information.

If updated information changes the way that we are able to deliver care, we let you know.  Otherwise, the doctors and staff at Johnstown Chiropractic remain committed to serving you. If you have any specific concerns or questions regarding the measures we are taking in our office to keep our staff and patients healthy and safe, we are here to help. Please call our office 740-967-2225. Thank you all and be safe.