*** UPDATE July 1st, 2020 ***
As of July 1st, 2020, the Jackson County Health Department has issued a mandatory mask order for public buildings and spaces for two weeks. Masks are encouraged. We will continue our regular and daily procedures of disinfecting tables and treatment surfaces after each patient contact. We are also continuing our policy of being closed on Fridays to facilitate complete disinfection and deep clean. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe, stay smart, and we'll all get through this together.
*** Original post ***
Monday through Thursday, we'll operate under our normal hours. However, we will be closed on Fridays for a weekly, full office, deep clean. We're disinfecting the equipment after every patient, totally cleaning the office twice per day, and adding in a Super-Duper, Wonder Clean every Friday. Friday (and soon Saturday!) hours will return as soon as we get back to normal.
This is a difficult and trying time for us all. We are praying for your safety, the health of our nation, and our sisters and brothers around the world.
First, let me be clear: The initial signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are an elevated temperature, a dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms can include: tiredness, aches, runny nose, or sore throat. If you are having any of these signs, or otherwise think you may have had exposure to the Corona virus, please remain at home.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
To address some of your fears, let's look at some actual numbers. As shown in the graph, 50% of the population will NOT contract the virus. 40% may contract the virus, but will have or show NO SYMPTOMS. 9.9% may contract the virus and will show symptoms or signs of illness. And, in only 0.1% will the illness be fatal. Of the deaths worldwide, 98% of fatal cases have been in the elderly with compromised immune systems... primarily those with heart disease and to a lesser extent, diabetes. While 0.1% may seem minuscule, it is still a significant number of people and I don't want to make light of it. Please wash your hands and exercise caution in our attempts to halt the spread of this disease.
You may ask why we are remaining open. The immune system is highly impacted by the nerve system through the interconnection between the autonomic portion of the nervous system and the endocrine system. Please read this article that discusses the importance of chiropractic and scientific studies done both inside and outside of chiropractic that have determined a direct correlation between spinal alignment, the function of the immune system, and fighting off illness and infection.
We have instituted and/or continued overwhelming measures to make our office a clean and safe environment. Tables are disinfected after every patient. The full office is cleaned at least twice per day. We have hand sanitizing stations in multiple locations. And, we are diligently looking for other actions we can take to further optimize our healing environment.
We are a HEALTH CARE office... and we will CONTINUE to provide our expertise to all that need and desire our expertise. Musculoskeletal complaints should be addressed in a chiropractic office first. Do not burden ER's or MD's offices with pain symptoms or conditions that are otherwise most often successfully addressed in a chiropractic office. As long as we are able, we will be here for you.
While our supplies are sufficient at this time, due to overzealous hoarding by some members of the public, there is a shortage of disinfectant wipes and toilet paper for future needs. Medical facilities around our country are experiencing similar shortages. If you are able, please consider donating these supplies to your local physicians' offices. If donations are made to our office, we will see that they are distributed to other local facilities that are in need.
Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family, and we look forward to working with our friends and neighbors as we weather this storm.
Dr. James C. Gray