8/7/2020 - Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional changes to Safe Start Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The new order further limits fitness facilities and restricts capacity. You may be wondering how these new restrictions affect daily operations at SWPT and here is what we have gathered this far:
Under the new update, facilities are required to allow 300 sq ft per person. Both facilities are implementing new procedures to comply with this new requirement. Fortunately, both facilities have taken a rather conservative approach to reopening and have not tried to push capacity to the allowed limits, thus, things won’t have to change drastically.
As a reminder to all, face masks are required when inside the facilities, except while engaged in strenuous exercise. Members who remove their face masks to exercise must wear them at all other times, including immediately before and immediately after exercise.
For Island Athletic Club Only.
Beginning August 10, water walkers (this includes SWPT Aquatic Therapy) will be required to wear a face mask while in the pool. Many of you are already doing this. While this is not explicitly included in the Governor’s update, it has been a concern for both lap swimmers and water walkers, given the fact that paths cross at less than 6 ft when going back and forth in the pool.
The following areas of the Club continue to be closed: saunas, steam rooms, and racquetball/handball court. Under the new update, the hot tubs will also be closed. Showers are available exclusively for pool users. Cloth face coverings must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained when outside the showers. General locker room use will be limited to hand washing and restrooms only.
As always, thank you for your continued support. Although every day seems to bring new challenges, we appreciate your confidence and eagerness to heal your bodies with the help of the SWPT team.
6/30/20 - Yes! Pool therapy is back! When Island County was approved to advance to phase three the pool inside Island Athletic Club could reopen. At this time, we offer aquatic therapy at the following times:
We have two lanes designated for physical therapy during these times and are adhering to all suggested protocols. Please call our Freeland office at 360-331-5272 and we will fill you in on everything we are doing to ensure patient safety and health. In addition to the pool times we already have, in August we are looking to add a pool time on Monday’s. We will keep you posted!
6/4/20 - We are excited to announce that our Freeland office is opening back up Monday, June 8th! Of course, Clinton will remain open as it has been this whole time. Both Clinton and Freeland are accepting new patients. We are adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines and continue to put the health of our patients and staff as the top priority. Please read the following questions and if you answer "yes" to any of them give us a call before you come in for a schedule appointment:
Freeland Phone Number: 360-331-5272
Clinton Phone Number: 360-341-1299
4/9/20 / Updated 5/4/20- South Whidbey Physical Therapy is working continually to keep all of our patient’s safe while addressing COVID-19. We now offer a telehealth option to select healthcare plans. Please understand that not all visits can be done by telehealth, and that our doors in Clinton are still open for in-person visits. Please contact us and we will help you determine if your insurance company covers Telehealth visits. UPDATE - Medicare allows Physical Therapist to preform Telehealth visits.
Further directions on how to use your computer or phone to meet with your provider can be found in the instructional video below.
For in-office visits: If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have traveled in the last 14 days OR have had close contact with a person with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 14 days please call us before coming to the appointment. We know this is a confusing time but we are here to help and answer any questions. Please call us and we would love to discuss your options with you.
3/25/20 - In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s stay at home order:
The US Department of Homeland Security issued a list of essential infrastructure workers which includes physical therapists. The recommendation they made is as followed:
If your clinic is able to practice within the recommended CDC guidelines and follow your local government mandates, consider that community-based physical therapists assist in keeping people healthy. According to Dr. Matos, an expert in biologic surety and the management of select agent programs at federal facilities:
“Physical therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. They play a key role in keeping people they can help out of the doctor offices and ER’s. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist”.
As of now, our plan is to keep treating those patients in need. Helping to flatten the curve means maintaining accessibility to our patients and continuing their treatment programs. We have consolidated our treatment teams and are continuing to provide physical therapy service at our Clinton location.
We will continue following the recommended CDC guidelines and our local government mandates and ask that you do that same. If you are showing any symptoms or if you have been at risk of exposure please contact us ASAP and we will work with you on your treatment.
Please contact us at 360-341-1299 if you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions.
3/20/20 - With heavy hearts we have decided to suspend operations at our Freeland location and work solely out of our Clinton office at this time. This will last until March 31st, 2020, but quite possibly longer. Our hours might be slightly adjusted during this time. Of course, we will continue to keep you updated with any and all changes. We appreciate all our patients and all the support we have received this last week. Our Clinton phone number is 360-341-1299. Clinton Fax Number: 360-341-1277. Thank you!
3/16/20 -At this time Island Athletic Club and Platinum Fitness Center will close March 16th, 2020 until March 31st, 2020, but may be extended by the Governor. However, SWPT WILL REMAIN OPEN. We respect your wishes of social distancing and ask that you respect ours if a provider chooses to do so as well. At first we were taking this week by week, then day by day and at this point it is minute by minute. Please bear with us during these time. We are in this together.
3/16/20 - We are aware of the current restrictions Governor Inslee has placed on our state. We are sifting through the information and determining what that means for our facilities. As or right now we are open and running operations as usual. If you are not comfortable being out in the public right now we completely understand and support your decision. Please contact us as soon as possible if we need to cancel or change your appointments.
3/12/2020 - With the evolving news regarding COVID-19 in our area we wanted to inform you that patient health and safety is a top priority for us. We are following updates regularly from CDC, WHO, and local government agencies regarding any updates and protocols needed. SWPT, Island Athletic Club - Whidbey Island and Platinum Fitness Center have always prioritized deep cleaning of shared equipment between each use. During this time we are increasing the frequency and extent of these cleanings. We have made a point to train and educate our staff about prevention, development and transmission of COVID-19.
We understand that times are strange and we understand if you want to cancel your appointments. We ask that you give us 24 hours notice, just like normal, and please don’t no show. Our time is valuable and we still have many patients wanting and needing treatment.
We are continuing to work hard, remain calm, stay positive and keep up normal daily routines as much as possible. Our patients have always been and will always be our top priority.