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Excel COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures


Updated: 5/28/2020
To the patients and clients of Excel Rehabilitation,

As of 5/29/2020, per regulations instated by the state and for the safety of all our patients/staff, all persons entering our facilities will be required to wear a mask at all times. Rest assured that we continue to follow all the necessary precautions in the office as laid out by the CDC.  Everyone's safety is of the utmost importance to our entire staff.   


Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

If the best choice for you is to attend an in-person visit, here is what we are doing to keep you safe and healthy
Screen all patients that enter the clinics

  • We ask all patients if they are experiencing the following symptoms and ask them to reschedule if the answer is a “yes” (avoid the trip and stay home if you feel ill in any way):
    • Fever
    • Symptoms of illness including sore throat, muscle aches, coughing or sneezing (though sneezing is not a sign of COVID-19), or difficulty breathing.

We follow strict CDC hand hygiene protocols, disinfecting surfaces, and practice physical distancing measures

  • We ask each patient wash their hands upon entering the clinic and at the end of the session.
  • We ask each patient to follow the 6′ rule of physical distancing in all sitiuations.
  • Providers will don masks when treating patients and we ask our patients do the same.
  • Providers follow strict hand hygiene protocol before, during, and after each session. 
  • Surfaces that are touched are disinfected (using approved products) after each session, including phones, laptop keyboards, reception counter, etc.

Actively monitor the health of our TEAM

  • Staff are instructed to stay home if they have any signs or symptoms that include fever, cough or sneeze, or difficulty breathing.
  • Staff are asked to stay home until they have received clearance by their primary care doctor.

Excel Rehabilitation will continue to stay OPEN to serve your health care needs per Federal, State, and local Public Health Guidelines.  We look forward to continuing to provide physical therapy services to keep you in optimal health as we navigate this trying time. We assure you that we are remaining updated to the public health guidelines from Fairfax and Loudoun County and the Virginia Department of Health  and will keep you abreast of new developments as they are communicated to us.
Everything we’re doing has one goal: ensuring the health and safety of our patients, clients, and team members.
Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions about your care at Excel Rehabilitation.

Duncan Gerhard, DPT