Updated May 9, 2022
As we all continue to do our part to combat COVID, it is important to understand some very important guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (updated April 15, 2022). Even with state and local municipalities modifying the COVID rules, the CDC continues to support its recommendations regarding vaccinations and other prevention measures (including wearing masks and social distancing). The full list of these recommendations may be found on the COVID Prevention page on their website.
Columbia and Boone County health orders expired on May 12, 2021, 11:59 pm. Currently, there are no mandated restrictions in Columbia or Boone County. Individual businesses and organizations are free to impose guidelines at their discretion.
With the change in City and County guidelines, most of our policies have not changed and we continue to stay in alignment both with the CDC plan and erring on the side of caution to ensure the safety of our staff, clients, and patients. We are continuing our policy to limit the number of persons in the waiting area. This will ensure we continue to keep adequate spacing for those seeking services, visiting our offices, and so our waiting areas will not be overcrowded.
Please note: Spectrum continues to require that everyone wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. We do request that you provide documentation of vaccination status to complete your medical record.
To minimize your risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with frequency.
- Wear a face mask or covering at all times when in public, interacting with those outside of your household, and when interacting with those who are not socially-distanced.
- Practice Social Distancing indoors when vaccination status is unknown for other individuals. Social Distancing is keeping at least 6 feet between you and others at all times possible.
- Do not cough or sneeze into hands. Use a tissue, then discard into a trash receptacle – never put on a table or other area – immediately, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face. If you have an itch, use a tissue then discard after use.
- If you have new symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) – STAY HOME and call your doctor!