OHA and the Governor's Office Say ...
March 25, 2020
To our members and other practitioners,
Thank you for your patience with us and one another as we endeavor to support each other. This will hopefully be a time of unity in the face of adversity. We are stronger together.
Our goal here is to share the facts as they stand regarding how acupuncture clinics are viewed under the recent executive orders that were issued. We do still recommend that clinics consider closing for now to help prevent overburdening our health care system in the coming weeks. Current reports show we expect to see a ramp up of cases soon and to be worse about mid April. If you choose to remain open, please consider only treating patients who absolutely need your care right now (i.e. keeping a patient out of the ER or from going back to opiates to manage their pain) and do so with necessary protective measures in place. Please see screening and other techniques as outlined in our previous email from Saturday 3/21/20 along with a list of other resources.
We wanted to share an update regarding Governor Kate Brown's order that all non-essential businesses close. The governor's office told us Tuesday that they currently do not intend to issue a closure order for us, PTs, or DCs.
We spoke with the OHA Monday who told us we are allowed to remain open, as long as we are using precautions including patient screening and PPE.
The OMB is currently allowing us to practice telemedicine for existing, in-state patients. The OMB told us recently that they aren't taking a position on closure either way and are referring guidance back to the OHA and local county health departments.
We called OSHA Tuesday and they told us to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC.
An updated list of resources will be forthcoming in the near future by mail and on our website.
In health and with kindness,
Ross McCallum, LAc