Date: Monday, March 23, 2020
Big Stone Therapies has been continuing to stay up to date and educated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are prepared to adapt and make changes as necessary. We would like to assure you that we are monitoring daily for updates and CDC recommendations, following their guidelines and are prepared to take action if necessary.
The US Department of Homeland Security believes that Rehab Services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology) is an essential part of the essential healthcare service delivery in any given community. Therefore, everyone who has a functional deficit or has an order should receive these services. We are continuing to comply with local, state and federal regulations. If you have concerns about whether or not you should be attending your therapy sessions, please call your local BST to address your concerns
At this time our Private Practice Locations (Alexandria, MN; Baxter, MN; Fargo, ND; Montague, MI; Watertown, SD) remain open to patients during their regular scheduled hours. BST is following all CDC recommendations for precautions and prevention of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
For all other BST locations (https://www.bigstonetherapies.com/locations) please contact them directly for current hours of operation.
The following quote was published in a recent article by the PPS-APTA (Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association) in reaction to a memorandum from the US Department of Homeland Security on the list of essential infrastructure workers (https://ppsapta.org/sl_files/BFC419ED-9B9A-A69F-DDCCAA8F5688CF5C.pdf):
“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.”