Coronavirus – A Letter from Our Staff

Dear Integrated Therapy Services NW Family,

UPDATE: As of October 1, 2021, ITS is continuing to offer in person and telehealth appointments. We are continuing to follow the guidelines of the CDC, the Washington Department of Health, and the Pierce County Health Department. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

UPDATE: Washington state is fully reopened as of June 30, 2021. Most restrictions have been lifted, however medical/health care offices are still required to wear masks, per L&I (statement available here).
Masks are still required to be worn at Integrated Therapy Services NW, regardless of vaccination status. For any questions, please call 253-460-7248.

Indoor and outdoor activities “may return to usual capacity and operation, with limited exceptions for large indoor events (any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants in an indoor, enclosed space.)” Social distancing is no longer required, and vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask. Individual businesses may still require masks to be worn, regardless of vaccination status. For more information regarding the update, see Gov. Inslee’s announcement here.

UPDATE: As announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 11, 2021 – All counties in Washington State will enter Phase 3, effective March 22, 2021. ITS will continue to offer in-person and telehealth appointments.

Phase 3 means there are <200 new cases per 100,000 people per 14 days, and <5 hospitalizations per 100,000 per 7 days in large counties, and <100 new cases per 100,000 people per 14 days, and <3 hospitalizations per 100,000 per 7 days in small (<50,000) counties.
Regulation changes include opening of outdoor venues, capped at 25%, and opening of vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B, Tier 2 (agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, and public transit workers, firefighters, law enforcement, and individuals 16+ who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk – effective March 17, 2021).

Masks and social distancing are still required, however the opening of outdoor venues allows spectators to attend professional and high school sporting events, and other outdoor spectator activities.

Other Phase 3 regulations include (Source):

  • Indoor social gatherings including people outside your household are limited to 10 people.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 50 people from outside your household.
  • Worship services allowed up to 50% indoor capacity.
  • Retail stores & farmers markets allowed up to 50% indoor capacity.
  • Professional and personal services allowed up to 50% indoor capacity.
  • Eating/drinking establishments are permitted up to 50% indoor capacity.
    • Alcohol service and delivery must end at midnight.
    • Table size for indoor and outdoor dining is limited to 10 people.
    • Outdoor dining must comply with Outdoor Open Air Guidance requirements.
    • Establishments serving only 21+ and no food remain closed.
  • Weddings, funerals, wakes, and indoor receptions are permitted, but must follow venue requirements.
    • If food or drink are served, the above restrictions must be followed.
  • Low and moderate risk sport competitions are permitted. Fitness and training establishments can operate at up to 50% capacity. Showers are permitted.
  • Sport competitions and tournaments allowed for all risk categories. A maximum of 400 spectators are allowed, with capacity restriction dependent on the facility.
  • Guided activities are allowed without hard caps, subject to restrictions.
  • Indoor entertainment establishments are permitted up to 50% capacity our 400 people, whichever is less. If food or drink are served, eating and drinking requirements bust be followed.
    • This includes aquariums, theaters, arenas, concert halls, gardens, museums, bowling alleys, trampoline facilities, cardrooms, and event spaces.
  • Outdoor entertainment establishments are open for up to 400 people, with restrictions depending on facility.
    • Walk-up tickets allowed with restrictions
    • This includes zoos, gardens, aquariums, theaters, stadiums, event spaces, arenas, concert venues, and rodeos.

Keep on top of Pierce County COVID-19 metrics, including number of vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths here.
For metrics state-wide, see Roadmap to Recovery.

UPDATE: Under Gov. Inslee’s new executive order on November 15th, our office is “exempt from modification and continuing to follow current guidelines.” We will continue to offer in-person and telehealth appointments.

UPDATE: Pursuant to Gov. Inslee’s announcement today (March 23rd), mental health clinics such as ours are essential and not subject to the Stay-at-Home order.

“Behavioral health workers (including mental and substance use disorder) responsible for coordination, outreach, engagement, and treatment to individuals in need of mental health and/or substance use disorder services.” – WA State Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

We will remain open. We will be conducting both face-to-face and telehealth (video) sessions. Group therapy sessions will proceed as normal. Please call the front office if you have questions.
For more information regarding essential critical infrastructure workers, click here.

Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world. While there have been documented cases in Pierce County and now the closure of schools, our office remains dedicated to understanding how COVID-19 affects our clients, employees and providers and making the necessary adjustments to our office routine.
At this time, we are maintaining our regular business hours and continuing to schedule appointments with providers.
We have one objective that guides us, which is to keep you, our clients, as well as our employees safe. With that in mind, we wanted to keep you abreast of our response to the threat of COVID-19.
We take pride in the cleanliness of our office. Aside from our standard protocols, we have ramped up cleaning and disinfection in the common areas of our office, therapy rooms and therapeutic aides. We will continue to offer hand sanitizer at the front windows and in the waiting areas.
We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have asked our employees to be diligent in washing their hands and to stay home if they feel sick.
In addition, we are asking our clients and their family members to help us in containing any potential spread. Please, call to reschedule your appointment without penalty if you or someone you are close to/live with feels unwell or feverish.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will do all that we can to protect our ITS family.


Jeanne Purdum, Jacqui Parkes, Mike Nielsen, Sarah Atchison, Jenelle Larson and the ITS Staff

call: 253.460.7248
fax: 253.564.4409
3560 Bridgeport Way W
Suite 2-C
University Place, WA 98466