Coronavirus Transmission Mitigation Policy
(as of Sunday 15 March 2020)
As behaviorists, we believe in the value of practicing coping skills BEFORE a situation gets out of hand. If our skills are well-practiced, we will do a better job of coping when the going gets tough. As scientifically trained health care professionals, we believe in the value of understanding and implementing scientific knowledge for the benefit of our client families.
Over the last week it has become increasingly clear that coronavirus transmission in the community is occurring and we should expect the rate of cases to increase exponentially. We are in agreement with epidemiologists and public health officials who are stating that it's now time to increase social distancing / social isolation measures, in the hope of slowing the rate of transmission such that severe cases of coronavirus do not overwhelm our local hospitals, as occurred recently in northern Italy.
(It's also the case that those of us with children of our own are facing school closures and will not be able to see clients in the office as easily.)
Therefore, effective immediately, we are increasing our emphasis on providing care via telehealth services wherever possible. We will have a telehealth page up with details and we will communicate with our clients regarding telehealth services.
In the mean time, for those clients who are seen in the office, our previous measures remain in force and are now more important than ever:
Please do not bring anyone into our office with an active fever, repeated sneezing, or repeated coughing. If you do bring someone in who is displaying these symptoms, we will ask you to leave, for the protection of everyone else. You can always ask your clinician for a telehealth appointment instead of coming in!
Please have everyone wash their hands when you come in to the office. Just grab the restroom key and go wash up! Please be patient when multiple families are washing hands.
Please don’t shake hands! Please minimize physical contact! We have a lot of other options for greetings. A simple nod, wave, or hello will do. We don’t recommend fist or elbow bumps—these aren’t nearly as protective as simple social distancing.
We have removed toys from common areas of the office. We love kids being able to play, but we also love keeping them healthy. We are hoping to be able to bring these back soon.
Thank you for helping us practice protecting each other and our community.
—Drs. Gisbert, Knight, and Richardson, CABHC Owners