Minnesota Center for Psychology

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19

UPDATED 03-16-2020

Clients and Visitors:  

 

The health and safety of our clients, individuals working at MCP, and our community are our primary concerns We are monitoring information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

We ask that individuals who feel sick with flu-like or cold-like symptoms, have recently returned from travel outside of the country, believe they may have been exposed to or are diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have been in contact with someone who has been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 contact their MCP provider(s) to provide an update and stay home until they no longer have symptoms /test negative for COVID-19 or pass the recommended self-quarantine period instead of attending sessions or groups at MCP.   The providers at MCP have agreed to waive late cancelation fees and modify attendance policies for individuals who cancel their appointments due to illness, possible exposure, self-quarantine, or choosing to stay home due to social distancing during this time of increased concern about the spread of COVID-19.  

Some providers at MCP provide (or are working towards providing) telemedicine services; please ask your provider(s) if telemedicine is an option for continuing care if you or your provider become ill or are concerned about exposure to COVID-19.  

We encourage all clients and individuals working at MCP to follow measures to avoid contracting COVID-19 and avoid spreading it if they unknowingly have it.  The Center for Disease Control provides these suggestions for prevention: 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

For your convenience, hand sanitizer is available for your use in both waiting rooms at MCP.  Increased cleaning/disinfecting procedures have been implemented throughout the office as well as procedure changes that limit contact with shared objects and encourage social distancing. 

This can be a frightening time for many, and we encourage you to talk about any emotions you have regarding COVID-19 with your MCP provider(s).  

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.  Thank you for your support and attention to this matter.  If you have any questions, please talk to your provider(s) or call 651-644-4100. 

 

Resources For up to date information

Minnesota Department of Health:  

hotline: 651-201-5414 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html 

 

The Center for Disease Control: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

 

World Health Organization: 

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus 

Resources For Coping with Emotions Related to COVID-19  

Psychology Today: 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/erasing-stigma/202003/controlling-coronavirus-anxiety–    

SAMHSA:

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf