Personally Fit COVID-19 Updates

  • September 21, 2020
  • To: Patients and Members of Personally Fit, Inc.
  • From: Jim and Doris Flood, Owners of Personally Fit, Inc.

Dear Personally Fit Family;

We hope you are all staying healthy during these trying times. We have been awaiting updates relating to our fitness center prior to sending out this communication but thought there were enough questions out there to warrant a note at this time.

Personally Fit continues to be open, providing out-patient physical therapy services with extra precautions due to COVID-19. We are operating at about 70% of normal and feel very secure in the safety of the physical therapy services that we are providing. We have staggered our schedules and limited our use of the gym to avoid close contact between patients during exercise. Masks are mandatory and our sanitation crew at night provides extra cleaning for high contact surfaces, in addition to the disinfecting that we are completing during the day. We appreciate the support that we have received from the community, state, and federal programs for our small business.

With the patient volume down due to COVID-19, we were forced to lay-off two of our physical therapists, Chelsea Saville, DPT and Geo Cesare, DPT. We are happy to announce that Chelsea has been re-hired as an employee specifically for providing physical therapy in home for clients that are unable to come into the clinic for care. This benefit is part of the out-patient benefit for physical therapy and due to COVID-19, insurances have been more generous with the payment for services in different locations. Chelsea and Doris are also available for telehealth visits, for clients who wish to have their PT virtually. If you are interested in these services, give the office a call and they will set up your evaluation. With direct access in California to physical therapy services, a prescription is not necessary for the first 45 days or 12 visits of physical therapy.

With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases (primarily due to SDSU students!) it is looking like we will not progress opening for indoor activities like fitness centers and restaurants. In fact, we may revert to a higher tier and it will be more restrictive. For this reason, it is unlikely that we will begin our limited class schedule on Tuesday September 29 as planned. We will wait on the announcement by Governor Newsome on Tuesday September 22 but it is not looking promising at this time. We will continue our online scheduling of gym usage, under the umbrella of our physical therapy department, and limited to three participants per hour. Once we reach a higher tier for opening, we will consider adding another participant to each hour, with proper social distancing of course.

Lastly, we want to end with something positive! We have re-instituted the Personally Fit library/book exchange that we had at our previous facility. We are in need of good books that you would like to share and don’t need returned. Ideally, everyone would bring in a few books that they really liked. We are asking that you bring by books that you enjoyed, but not every book on your shelf. It’s also an opportunity to take a new book to read. Going further, if you want to put your name and contact email or phone in the book, the next person could share their thoughts with you. Kind of a mini-book club. Not required but just a thought. Please bring your books to the box in the lobby. We have one shelf reserved for fitness books from our library. Feel free to make these books part of the exchange, and hopefully they will get returned once borrowed.

The book exchange/library is officially the Parkside Wellness Book Exchange, since that is the name of the LLC that we created when we purchased the building with Dr. Timothy Garofolo, DDS of the Dentistry Collective upstairs. We hope that his clients and those of other tenants in the building will also participate in the exchange.

Again, we will keep you posted about our status pending Governor Newsome’s decisions this coming week. We are grateful to be open, functioning safely and for your continued support of Personally Fit.

Jim and Doris Flood
and the Staff at Personally Fit

  • May 1, 2020
  • To: Patients and Members of Personally Fit, Inc.
  • From: Jim and Doris Flood, Owners of Personally Fit, Inc.

Dear Personally Fit Family;

We hope this note finds you safe and healthy while sheltering in place. We are fortunate that we have experienced no illness at Personally Fit (that we know of) and continue our limited operations at this time. In a nutshell, here is how we are functioning:

  1. We are seeing patients for one-hour appointments on a staggered schedule so that no patients contact other patients. For example, three therapists working, one starting at 7:00am, the next at 7:15am and the last at 7:30am. All therapy is completed one on one with your therapist, including exercise, and we are practicing social distancing while in the clinic. All staff are wearing masks and disinfecting all surfaces before and after use. If you are having any issues that would benefit from PT, now is a great time to start care. Telehealth programs one-on-one with your PT are also available if you need guidance but are not able to come in for therapy.
  2. Carrie and Megan and Sean are seeing personal training clients one on one in the classroom. Carrie is working Tuesday, Thursday pm and Saturday. Megan is working Wednesday and Friday. Sean is working Monday and Thursday am. They are not using the gym space but completing programs within that area. The Pilates Reformer and other equipment are in that space for their exclusive use. At this time, using our personal training staff is a great way to get some exercise with skilled supervision and guidance with your fitness plan. Our trainers can also provide guidance through video conferencing if you prefer.
  3. The Fitness Center is set to re-open at Stage Three in Governor Newsom’s plan. He mentioned that he felt this was months, not weeks, away in his recent news conference. We will keep you updated about our plans to re-open, which will likely include restrictions on the number of people in the facility to exercise and the number attending classes. We will have new policies for sanitation in place with re-opening.
  4. Finally, we want you to know that we do see a future for Personally Fit. We are looking toward the future, hopeful that federal loans and state programs will support our business until we can resume normal operations. We miss you all. Be well.

Jim and Doris Flood
and the Staff at Personally Fit