Response to COVID-19
Center for Communication Disorders and Speech and Hearing Clinic
Response to COVID-19
As educators and service professionals, the health and safety of our students, clients, faculty and staff, and the families of those we serve are our highest priority. We will be following the guidelines set forth by the state of Kentucky, recommendations of the CDC, and policies adopted by Murray State University. These guidelines may change at any time and we will quickly adapt to new changes.
For our students and their families:
To view Murray State University's response to COVID-19, please visit their response page .
Additional steps our department has taken:
- PPE (masks) will be required at all times (except for when eating/drinking) in designated areas.
- Quantities (above our normal needs) of sanitizing cleansers have been obtained and schedules/protocols for cleaning all of our shared spaces have been developed.
- PPE for clinician use during therapy, including masks, face shields, goggles and gowns (for use when performing endoscopes) has been obtained.
- Additional hand sanitation stations have been placed in the clinic area as well as appropriate signage for guidelines and any restrictions.
- Access to sanitizing products and safety items are readily accessible in all of our therapy rooms.
For our clients and their families:
- The stringent policies set for our students will protect you and your family.
- Just as we ask our graduate clinicians, faculty and staff to follow the recommendations from the CDC and policies adopted by MSU; we ask that our clients and families follow those same procedures to protect our racer family as well.
- Clinicians and faculty will wear PPE consisting of a mask and/or a face shield. Additional PPE will be worn, such as gowns, goggles and gloves, as appropriate for the type of service that is being provided
- Masks will be available for clients and/or their family members who may not have them.
- We have plexiglass partitions available to separate clients and clinicians, if that is desired.
- Clients and their family members will be asked to use antiseptic hand gel before and after sessions.
- Therapy rooms in Alexander Hall will be both aired out and sanitized between clients.
- Therapy materials will be sanitized between clients. Items that cannot be easily sanitized will not be used.
- Delivery of services via telepractice will be an option for any client who is not able to attend face to face sessions, or clients who prefer not to have face to face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clients selecting teletherapy services as their preferred modality will be given the clinic policy for telepractice services outlining client responsibilities.
- The clinic attendance policy will be adjusted to accommodate client needs during the pandemic. The policy will be more accepting of absences/cancellations related to illness or impacts COVID-19 related; however, we still require that clients notify the clinic if they are not able to attend.