Working Together in NC
As new information becomes available regarding COVID-19, ACAPS is adjusting services in order to keep individuals safe, as well as continue to provide services for our patients. To keep you informed, here are the most recent changes to our service delivery:
- We are continuing to serve children and adults who need psychological and neuropsychological testing as well as behavioral health, psychotherapy, speech-language therapies, and medication management.
- Our services are moving to an online format instead of in-person in order to respond to state and government recommendations to limit face-to-face interactions to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
- Our support staff are still available to answer questions and provide direction for those who are seeking clarification regarding appointments, insurance, therapeutic options, etc. You may continue to contact us through our usual channels via Phone - 828-575-9760, Email - [email protected] Fax - 828-575-9761, or our Website at www.acaps-nc.org
COVID-19 Notification (3/18/2020)
The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has become a household word over the past few weeks due to its increasing impact across the globe. Therefore, the staff at ACAPS would like to provide some information in hopes of helping decrease concern and increase preparedness as we move forward with the rest of our nation.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that usually cause mild colds and are seen more in wintertime. COVID-19 is a novel strain of coronaviruses, which means our immune systems have not been exposed to it before. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness characterized by symptoms that appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and include shortness of breath, dry-cough, and fever. In the same way, people can have responses to the virus that range from asymptomatic to severe. At this point, the only way to differentiate between the flu and COVID-19 is through a clinical test.
It is passed from person to person through respiratory droplets spread when a person coughs or sneezes, or between people who are in close proximity to each other (within six feet).
The severity of the symptoms will vary based on many factors, but according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) most healthy individuals are mildly impacted, if at all.
Many children are exposed to other viruses on a regular basis in their schools and communities, which likely builds their immunities. This may be the reason why no pediatric deaths have been reported in any country.
Preparation & Prevention over Panic
Being prepared is a smart and positive way to address COVID-19. So far, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. Most cases are likely to be mild and treated in the same way we would care for a cold, such as Tylenol, Motrin, humidifiers, etc.
What can you do to prepare and/or prevent COVID-19?
- Wash your hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds), especially before touching your face.
- Get a flu shot
- If possible, avoid contact with anyone exhibit symptoms of the illness
- Self-quarantine, if you have been exposed to the virus, begin to show symptoms, or are infected
- Cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue (or some other cloth) when you cough or sneeze to avoid spreading respiratory droplets
- Disinfect your home or office frequently
- Don’t travel anywhere with coronavirus advisories
- If you are at risk (older adults and those with compromised immune systems), avoid crowds when possible.
- Stay calm. The news outlets and some media sources are causing more fear than necessary.
As more information becomes available regarding COVID-19 and, as the impact of the virus changes, we will keep you informed of our plans as a clinic and any modifications we make for your safety. Please check the “News” section of our website for updates.
We are able to offer Telehealth visits for most therapy and medication management needs. If it is a new patient, they may need to present in the office for their fist visit, depending on their insurance.
Thank you for being part of the ACAPS family.
P: 828-575-9760 F: 828.575.9761
One Oak Plaza Ste. 208
Asheville, NC 28801