We're excited to welcome folks back inside for acupuncture,
and we've made some changes.
Read more below.
A lot of thought, discussion, and research has gone into our decision making. These changes seek to minimize risks related to COVID-19 for our staff and patients. But we acknowledge that just being open for business during this pandemic has inherent risk. We are closely following State and National data about new cases in RI and nearby, and may have to adjust our operations further as new information emerges, or case numbers change.
Our goal is to continue to provide affordable acupuncture services to our community, especially at a time when so many of us are experiencing additional stress, economic hardship, chaos, social conflict and uncertainty. Like many other small businesses, we are open, in part, because our continued survival depends on it.
We cannot offer treatment at this time to anyone with the following symptoms:
Fever or chills
Recent loss of taste or smell
Runny or stuffy nose
Scratchy or sore throat
Nausea or vomiting
Many COVID-19 symptoms are the same as other illnesses or chronic conditions like the common cold, flu, allergies, asthma, and COPD.
Out of an abundance of caution, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, cancel your appointment until you can confirm that you do not have COVID-19.
Our late cancellation fee is waived for cancellations with less than 12 hours notice due to sickness or COVID like symptoms.
Positive Test or Known Contact with Positive Case in past 14 days
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or know you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, within the past 2 weeks, do not come to the clinic, stay home and contact a doctor or medical provider.
After you have been symptom-free without the use of any medication for 14 days following a positive test result or date of exposure to a positive case, you are welcome to come back to the clinic.
Awaiting COVID Test Results
If you awaiting a COVID-19 test result, please wait until after you have received that result to schedule an appointment.
Click the orange button above for RIDOH’s guidelines for people who have been sick with COVID-19 as well as people who have had contact with confirmed positive cases.
Notifying Us If you Test Positive
If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your most recent appointment at the clinic, please notify us as soon as possible so that we may begin contract tracing (in cooperation with the R.I. Dept. of Health) and perform enhanced cleaning protocols in accordance with federal and state government guidance.
Our staff is required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms and to stay home if they become sick or are experiencing symptoms listed here.
We practice social distancing with each other as well as patients, except when inserting or removing needles.
FROM RIDOH PROVIDER BRIEFING 10/15/2020
Is it allergies or COVID? Seasonal allergies and other chronic illnesses, such as asthma, can present diagnostic challenges for providers. COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them. The best approach is to test to rule out COVID-19 when symptoms start. If the test is negative and the symptom pattern is consistent with the patient’s chronic medical condition, the student can return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours and feeling well enough to participate. Additional testing is useful if symptoms worsen or a new COVID-19 symptom appears. Good management of chronic illness such as asthma and allergic rhinitis is especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get Ready For Treatment
You must complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire sent to you via our online scheduler before your appointment. For anyone without access to internet you will complete the screening when you arrive for your appointment.
If your any of your answers to our questionnaire are “yes” we will need you to reschedule your appointment.
- Come with a mask that fits and expect to wear it over your mouth and nose the entire time you are at the clinic.
- No vented masks, gaiters or bandanas.
- A limited supply of surgical masks will be on hand for $3.
Sanitize Your Hands:
Before entering our treatment rooms use our touchless hand-sani dispenser in the front office.
Our chairs are spaced to allow for 6′ or more between yourself, our staff and other patients. Be aware of others, including staff, and keeping enough space to allow for adequate distancing throughout your time at the clinic.