IAA COVID-19 Statement

As of May 1, Idaho Governor Little has changed the STAY AT HOME order to a STAY HEALTHY proclamation!  The IAA is happy to announce that following some new suggested guidelines, we are comfortable in re-opening our doors. It will be wonderful to be of service again, and our first priority is the safety of our patients.

Here are some suggestions and recommendations:

In your clinic, implement patient and acupuncturist protocols to create social distancing for your health and safety.
Reduce clinic schedules to allow time spacing between patients and distancing between patients and therapists.
The acupuncturist and staff should wear masks during treatment, gloves as necessary, and use of hand sanitizer.  Disinfect all surfaces with a virucide before and after each patient.
Ask Patients to:
Call to inform us of the presence of a cough or fever so that we can reschedule you. Please do not arrive with any symptoms of illness.
Wait in your vehicle until the time of your appointment. Please do not wait in our lobby or clinic waiting area.
Patients only allowed in the clinic (no friends or drivers).
Consent to a temperature check.
Fill out our COVID-19 screening form; if you are positive for any of the screening questions we will reschedule your appointment.
Use hand sanitizer when you enter the clinic.
Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth.
Maintain 6 feet between you and any other person.

Adhering to the stay at home order was difficult for all of us both emotionally, and financially.  Look into the CARESAct if you need financial assistance from the past 7 weeks' loss of wages and while waiting for your practice to pick up momentum again.

The SBA and CaresAct allow the self-employed to apply for:
Unemployment https://www2.labor.idaho.gov/ClaimantPortal
EIDL –https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans.  The federal government is giving out $1,000 per employee.
PPP – call your local bank and inquire about getting a grant for 8 weeks payroll and rent/utilities.  Take your Net Income (line 31c on Schedule C 1040) and divide by 12 months, then multiply by 2.5.  This is the amount you are eligible to borrow.  Do it quickly – it's on a first come first serve basis.
You may apply for all three.  If you receive any monies, keep good records for your 2020 tax return.  
A great resource has been the American Society of Acupuncturist’s Weekly Town Hall Meetings.  https://www.asacu.org/2020/05/may-6th-weekly-asa-nccaom-town-hall-meeting/  They are informative and you can receive two FREE PDA’s.

Take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and your community. We need each other now more than ever.

In Solidarity,
The Idaho Acupuncture Association

More information about COVID-19:
CDC Website
American Society of Acupuncturists Resources
Idaho Coronavirus Information