Official guidance and best practices change rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. APTA is curating critical advice from trusted sources such as the CDC and CMS in addition to developing resources to support you during the pandemic. Check back frequently for updates.

Coronavirus Update: Dec. 16

Vaccines for nursing homes, PPE shortages, COVID-19 complications, and more.

Where Things Stand: COVID-19 and Practice Guidance Information and resources around physical therapy and COVID-19 continue to develop. Here’s what we’re recommending.

CDC Information and Resources for Health Care Professionals
Includes guidance related to patient care and protection of patients and workers.

Physical Therapist Management of Patients With Diagnosed or Suspected COVID-19
Includes information for outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities, and home health.

COVID-19 and Practice Guidance
While APTA continues to point to the latest CDC guidance, the association and other groups are creating more refined guidance, including guidance for management of patients with diagnosed or suspected COVID-19, plus setting-specific guidance for acute hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient, pediatrics, wound care, and more.

Physical Therapy Support During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
In response to COVID-19, APTA is working with other members and organizations to match facilities who need physical therapy services with volunteers who are willing to serve. If you’re a facility looking for assistance, or a PT, PTA, or physical therapy student who would like to volunteer, go to this webpage to learn more and provide information to enter this volunteer network.

COVID-19 Relief Programs

Get Familiar With the HHS Provider Relief Fund FAQ Page HHS regularly updates guidance on how you can spend the money, and how you’ll be required to report it. Don’t miss out.

DC Government and Licensing Board

  • Mayor Bowser Issues Stay at Home Order
  • Licensure Waivers
    In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction.  You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
  • Board Meetings Cancelled
    Additionally, all health professional board meetings are cancelled for the month of March.  For the most up to date information on the District’s response to COVID-19, please go to
  • Mayor Bowser Encourages Volunteers to Join the DC Medical Reserve Corps
    Health professionals are encouraged to volunteer and join the DC Medical Reserve Corps