Starting the week of May 18, patients are able to schedule in-office appointments, including elective visits, such as wellness exams/physicals. ALL providers are returning to their normal schedule/days in the office. Patients may also schedule an appointment via telehealth when appropriate, if you prefer. We are scheduling appointments to ensure minimal exposure to others, and ask for only one person in the waiting room at a time.
To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask you to adhere to the following guidelines if coming to the office:
- Make sure you call ahead and have an appointment. We will no longer allow for walk-ins for blood draws or other visits without an appointment.
- Please wear your own mask or face-covering, such as a scarf or bandana that covers your nose and mouth.
- If you come to the door and see a patient in the waiting room, please remain outside until that person has been ushered to a patient room. We’re scheduling appointments in a staggered fashion to try to avoid any overlap in the waiting room, but we appreciate your help and patience if you see someone waiting.
COVID-19 Testing Protocol
We have ended our drive-thru rapid antibody testing operation as of May 15. We tested over 1,700 patients, and the results will be published as a clinical study. Many thanks to our amazing staff for working long, hard days to administer antibody tests to so many.
As of this week, we are able to offer two types of testing through LabCorp for members, if warranted. Both tests require an appointment with the practice.
- Acute infection test – If you are having symptoms and your provider believes you should be tested for acute COVID-19 infection, we will have you come to the office and collect a sample using a nasopharyngeal swab. The sample is sent to the lab and takes 2 – 3 days for results.
- Antibody test – if you were previously ill and unable to be tested for infection at the time, or if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has/had COVID-19 and want to see if you have developed antibodies, we are able to offer a venipuncture (blood draw) ELISA test, where the blood sample is sent to the lab for processing and results take about 2 – 3 days.
- Stay tuned to our website and social media channels. As more tests come on the market and receive approval, we may alter this protocol.