I just wanted to provide an update regarding the COVID-19 situation and ChiroCenter One’s decision regarding operation.
ChiroCenter One will remain open to serve patients in the Grand Forks and surrounding area. We are taking all measures possible to insure the safety of ourselves and that of our patients.
The Department of Homeland Security identified chiropractors as essential healthcare workers, and we have an important role in this pandemic. Most notably by helping people suffering from acute or chronic pain conditions who may otherwise burden our health care resources by reporting either to primary care, urgent care, or emergency departments.
Many may not realize this, but lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in the US. Musculoskeletal complaints are the number one reason for presentation to a primary health provider. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of complaints, and it is important now more than ever that we continue to be the profession that treats these conditions.
These problems affect people across all demographics as well. I see other doctors, firefighters, paramedics, physical therapists, nurses, truck drivers, factory workers, grocery store workers...other people who must keep working during this crisis. Chiropractors are a vital resource to these people and to make sure that everyone that has to keep working is able to keep working.
I am also one of a limited number of providers in Grand Forks that are licensed to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) driver examinations. I am currently the main examiner for several trucking companies in Grand Forks...those drivers who are keeping food, medical and other supplies being delivered.
In addition to the above, there are several more steps I am taking regarding procedures outlined in my last communication to provide a safe environment to my patients, myself, and the staff at ChiroCenter One.
1. Beth and I will be wearing N95 masks when dealing with patients.
2. Patient’s are being scheduled as much as possible so that only one person is in the office at a time. To help us with this, please do not show up late for your appointment, but please do not show up super early either. If you show up early, please wait in your car until you have been waived in or the previous patient has left..
3. As stated earlier, sanitation procedures have been strict, but just to remind you, all outside/inside door handles, surfaces in the waiting room and front desk, and surfaces including the entire treatment table, are sanitized between every patient.
4. We are following procedures and recommendations as set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and the ND Department of Health.
These are undocumented and crazy times we are going through, and I’ve felt the burden and stress of the unknown just like all of you. I realize that Chiropractic treatment is far from a “social distancing” type of situation; it’s a hands-on approach for sure. Just know that if you need some help, I am here. If you feel that I can help you with a health-related problem through the phone don’t hesitate to call the office…and if you have any other questions at all please reach out to me at (701) 775-0223 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at htpps://chirocenterone.com.
Yours in good health, we will get through this together,
Dr. Brian V. Jongeward