Notice from the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners regarding Covid-19
Updated – April 9, 2020
The Board will update postings when new information comes available. Please check this page periodically.
North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Office update: NEW – Wake County Stay-at-Home proclamation (http://www.wakegov.com/news/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1200 and http://www.wakegov.com/covid19/Documents/FinalSignedSOE3-26-20.pdf )
The Board office is located in Wake County and remains closed to the public; the majority of the office staff will work remotely after March 27, 2020 at 5 pm, but will continue to provide services. During this time, you may experience delays in our response time to your inquiries and we appreciate your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-490-6393 or 800-800-8982 where you may leave an email address where we can contact you.
The following is provided to inform and intended to be used to assist and guide decision-making as you determine what actions to take in order to keep you and your patients safe.
NEW - The NC Board of PT Examiners does not have the legal authority to close clinics or other facilities where licensees work; it is responsible for PT and PTA licensees and their compliance with the state PT law and regulation. The Governor and other state and local officials have the authority to issue orders and close businesses pursuant to the State Emergency Management Act which may be reasonably necessary to maintain order and protect lives during a state of emergency. The Governor and local officials have issued such orders and we continue to monitor them. The Board has posted resources on its webpage where licensees can access information about COVID-19 and make determinations regarding their response to providing healthcare services.
CISA, the Department of Homeland Security - Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency, has issued guidance on “…Identification of Essential Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” which is posted on our website. Physical therapists are included under “Caregivers” as are various settings where physical therapist licensees work. In Wake County, North Carolina where the Board office is located, there is a stay-at-home order, which references the CISA memorandum (https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf) and specifically identifies physical therapy businesses as is being essential to health, safety and welfare of Wake County residents. This is similar to many other proclamations and orders that have been issued in North Carolina.
Physical therapists do have a responsibility for safety of their patients and must make a judgement based on the status of their patients and use the best information available to them about the risk of exposure of their patients to COIVD-19 about how to mitigate that risk, which may include clinic closure. I hope this information is helpful to you during these unprecedented times.
Federal / State health officials links to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
www.ncdhhs.gov – go to Coronavirus resources
https://governor.nc.gov/news/executive-orders - Governor Cooper Executive Orders
Remote provision of physical therapy services:
NCBPTE statement on Telehealth – https://www.ncptboard.org/Announcements/Announcements.php#Telehealth%20Questions
From the Office of Civil Rights
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners – Answer to questions posed during COVID-19 pandemic - Licensing
The Board has not changed or waived any licensing requirements for initial licensure, endorsements, revivals or renewals at this time. If there are changes to the NC PT Practice Act or Board rule requirements for licensing, they will be posted on the Board website.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES FOR NC PT/PTA APPLICANTS AND LICENSEES
The NCBPTE is open and is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact it is having on our applicants and their ability to obtain and submit information. Please monitor this section of the Board website for any updates to the current application processes.
For the latest updates, please click on the links below