Urgent COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update
Sacramento, Calif. - March 16, 2020 - The California Chiropractic Association's (CalChiro) understanding around COVID-19 is evolving as announcements continuously and rapidly come in from both our State and National leadership. As always, patient safety is our first concern. Gov. Newsom's recently issued Declaration of a State of Emergency includes the call for all seniors over the age of 65 and residents with chronic conditions to self-isolate at home. Out of an abundance of caution, CalChiro is asking that all California Doctors of Chiropractic cooperate with the following recommendations:
CalChiro is asking all Doctors of Chiropractic, to please exercise extreme caution with all patients.
CalChiro recommends that non-emergent and non-essential care should be suspended on a case by case basis for the next 14 days.
As always, we expect our Doctors of Chiropractic to use excellent clinical judgement, provide the appropriate care and to be available for emergency care and services.
As essential health service providers, we understand that many times in-person visits are unavoidable. When appropriate we ask our providers to utilize the technology that is currently available and provide options for remote video or phone appointments as appropriate.
Each patient’s situation should be looked at critically and we should be judicial in their treatment.
It is important that our patients always have access to non-pharmacological solutions and providers of their choosing.
CalChiro does not take these recommendations lightly. We recognize the gravity of these extreme measures and the economic impact of such actions. CalChiro will be advocating on behalf of all Chiropractors in California for economic relief packages. As healthcare professionals, we have a responsibility to continue educating our patients on how to protect themselves and especially the high risk populations around us. CalChiro President Dr. Andrew O. Williams stated, "I am proud of our profession for providing services that circumvent the need for dangerous drugs, especially in this time of crisis."
We have been in communication with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners (BCE) for guidance on practice regulations. As these conversations continue, we will keep you updated. The BCE Website has been updated with a link to COVID-19 Updates from the California Department of Public Health. Any further guidance from the Newsom Administration will also be shared on their website. Regarding the very recent order for residents in certain Bay Area counties to shelter in place, (link: https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Bay-Area-must-shelter-in-place-Only-15135014.php), the BCE is directing licensees with questions about their practices to follow CDC and CDPH guidelines. At this point, the BCE is not aware of either entity requiring any health care providers to close their practices or cease seeing patients. Follow common sense measures to protect your own health and that of your patients.
In order to ensure chiropractic practices are implementing disease mitigation strategies for their local areas, please visit the CDC website for county-specific guidance. Additional information is available at the California Department of Public Health website.
We will continue to push out additional information as it becomes available. Please check our website for updates and information on patient screening. Thank you again for the excellent care that you provide to all patients of chiropractic.