Update on March 23rd: It’s official. My office is on temporary hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor’s Stay at Home order. I’ll be back as soon as regular life can resume. Stay Home & Stay Healthy, everyone!
Update on March 21st: The city of Portland, Kate Brown and OHA continue to volley public health measures. I will be following mayor Ted Wheeler’s directive to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”. My office will be closed until March 29th, and all appointments after that will be determined on a day to day basis.
March 17th: As everyone is aware, the outbreak of COVID-19 novel coronavirus has caused us to take unprecedented social distancing and sanitation measures to try to stem the spread of pathogens. Many people might be wondering whether it would be safe or appropriate to receive hands-on bodywork right now.
I have been following the ongoing news and directives from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and CDC’s public health guidelines. The Oregon Board of Massage Therapy has issued no formal directive and has referred Oregon bodyworkers to follow the rules set by the OHA.
All Licensed Massage Therapists in Oregon are required to follow Standard and Universal Precautions that pertain to our work. I have been taking extra measures to sanitize surfaces in the office and in the common areas between client visits. Anyone symptomatic is recommended to stay home (the symptoms are: fever, cough, shortness of breath). If you have any concerns about added vulnerability to COVID-19 due to your age or other immune system concerns, it is acceptable and encouraged to play it safe and reschedule. This may change, as news from OHA continues to evolve.
In the mean time, I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with me and any healthcare practitioner with whom you see regularly. Morning-of cancellations are fine for now. Get in touch as soon as you can if you want to cancel or reschedule, or if you just have questions or concerns.
We are all in this together.