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Clinic Closure Update: March 23, 2020

by Rick DeTroye, LAc, MAcOM

Clinic Closure Update: March 23, 2020, Rick DeTroye L.Ac. LLC in Northeast Portland, OR

Columbia Slough   Portland, OR   March 21, 2020

Three weeks ago, I thought I'd be visiting an old friend in New Mexico right now. How quickly plans change. These past weeks, life as we know it has been shifting moment by moment. Coronavirus has impacted all of us in ways we didn't expect and will continue to do so in ways we may not anticipate.

As it looks now, the forecast for Covid-19 is not good and we appear to be bracing for the brunt of it here in Oregon. My chief concern is to avoid possible exposure for both patients and me.  The only way to do this is to eliminate close physical proximity and, in my opinion, the most responsible way to do this is to not treat patients. This is a difficult choice, but I believe the best for everyone.

So, as of today, I am closing my practice until further notice. I will reopen as soon as I'm able.

My apology to those of you who are scheduled for the upcoming weeks. To avoid confusion, I'll be removing all previously scheduled appointments from my schedule. You should receive a notice of cancellation. If you don't, let me know and I will call you to confirm.  

At some point, hopefully sooner than later, I will send another update with an "all clear" message letting you know when I will be back in practice.

In the meantime, I encourage everyone to practice social distancing and maintain a minimum of 6 foot distance from all people except those you live with. It appears Governor Kate Brown will be issuing a shelter in place order today. Please take this seriously. We need to slow down the progression of this disease so our medical services are not overwhelmed and can deliver life-saving treatment to those who need it. These measures will help achieve that goal.

And by all means, wash your hands (and face) regularly through the day. Even if you don't think you're in contact with the virus, you may be. What you can't see can kill you and your loved ones as well.

I also encourage everyone to read as much as you can about Coronavirus. Not sensationalist accounts, but the facts of the disease: how it spreads, what it does, how to prevent it. Knowledge can be life-saving, now more than ever.

Two very good resources for information are Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov

OHA: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

If anyone has any questions about the closure or about Coronavirus, feel free to call or email me.

Most importantly: Stay healthy!

I look forward to seeing all of you in the not too distant future.