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We appreciate the questions and concerns expressed by some of our members regarding the continued provision of services provided by both PTs and PTAs during this period of restriction on movement and social distancing in response to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The APTA Oregon Board of Directors and staff are monitoring the recommendations from government and private agencies, as well as the APTA, in order to provide up to date information to our members and the impact on our services. Although we are not restricted from providing these services, we are advised to use our professional judgment as to whether and how to conduct these services for the protection of our patient, clients, caregivers, ourselves, and staff. Here is current information and related resources.

 

Governor Kate Brown has issued Executive Order 20-12, effective today, March 23, 2020Read the full text of the executive order. Page 4 of EO 20-12 does not include closure of any medical clinic, including physical therapy. The State of Oregon has provided a summary of recommendations, including the provision of exceptions for "hospitals and healthcare".

APTA Oregon represents members who work in all physical therapy sectors. We are working with the information made available from our federal, state and local agencies. We rely on physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to follow our shared core values, and most of all, to do no harm in the settings where they practice. Our position is aligned with that of the American Physical Therapy Association as expressed by President Sharon Dunn.

APTA is regularly providing updates and resources to support implementing telehealth and e-visits as a means to continue care and protect the safety of the public. Members are encouraged to regularly visit the APTA website and the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy for the most recent updates and resources. Several sections of the APTA have developed free resources to help inform and guide decision-making:

  • Private Practice Section 

  • Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy and HPA-The Catalyst"Acute Care Physical Therapy and COVID-19: How Can We Add the Greatest Value?" Download this document for the recording link and handouts from their free webinar.

The CDC provides guidance to healthcare providers who must, in their clinical judgement and in collaboration with the patient, provide in-person direct care. Members are urged to review and adopt the most current recommendations in the interest of public health and patient management.   

We hope this information is helpful as we all work together to address the widespread and extensive impact of this virus.  Stay safe and be well.

Respectfully,
APTA Oregon Board of Directors


 

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