COVID-19 Update and Resources

 COVID-19 Update and Resources

March 22, 2020 

FOTA recognizes the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on individuals, families, the nation, and our world as we all adapt to these uncertain times. OT Practitioners across the state of Florida have all been challenged to remain healthy and ensure safe practices to prevent further community spread. As many of you have worked in various sectors or continue to be on the front lines, the influx of executive orders at the local, state, and national level can cause confusion as to what steps to take next. Of the utmost importance is to ensure your safety and that of your family, while following orders to reduce and prevent community spread.

 As we embark on a new week, there have been numerous questions and discussions around helping practitioners determine whether they can continue to practice, in what capacity, and whether their establishments can and will remain open. Various executive orders that impact professional practice, including related guidance and resources, have been disseminated at the federal, state, and local level. FOTA would like to provide you with a means to access those in efforts to help you stay safe, as well as continue providing services, if applicable.

Click Here for brief statements and resources that have been compiled to help you find personal and professional guidance to stay safe and remain abreast of developments during this time. The information contained here is not to be taken as legal advice and FOTA recommends that you make decisions that are best for you and in accordance with your respective establishments. Also, keep in mind that things continue to change by the moment and we aim to provide you with information as we receive it. It is recommended that you revisit the respective resources frequently for any updates.

Throughout this time, please continue to visit trusted websites and social media sites for further information. We recommend that everyone continue to listen to the guidance provided by your local, state, and national leaders to remain healthy and safe. Establish a support network and please reach out and connect with organizations that might be able to provide you with additional support and resources. Find a way to engage in those routines and occupations to get you and your family through this, practice social distancing, and above all else, try to stay safe and healthy while addressing your social-emotional well-being.


Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP (electronically signed)
PresidentFlorida Occupational Therapy Association
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Michael J Steinhauer - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In addition to the already stated challenges of providing care in this virus environment, OT practitioners are advised to consider refusal to work in any setting if the PPE requirements are not met for the safety of the therapist (and patient of course)! Health practitioners are the very last line of defense in battling this virus and without PPE, the health care system faces a greater chance of collapse when workers are then ill themselves. This sets up an ethical dilemma for the practitioner and should be addressed by the supervisor, director, and facility administration for adequate resolution. In Italy, thousands of health care workers are now deceased, worsening the problem exponentially and without available replacements. Even outside this pandemic problem, health care organizations are always charged with providing a safety environment for which the health care worker toils. This situation is no different. Carefully consider your own health risk acceptance and aversion and make an informed decision, preferably as a team dialog when PPE is not immediately available. --- Michael Steinhauer, OTR/L, MPH, FAOTA

Faith Hoopingarner - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Thank you so much for compiling these much needed resources in the midst of COVID-19 work changes. I am a pediatric OT in an outpatient setting working with children with special needs. Many of the OT/PT/ST outpatient clinics in my area are looking at providing services via telehealth and we will be working on getting the systems in place this week. We understand the situation is very fluid and we will be checking daily, but we need as much guidance as possible from our associations. Faith Hoopingarner, MOT, OTR/L

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