COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

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Dear patients:
As you know, the COVD-19 pandemic is evolving and information is changing rapidly. We will continue to keep you updated through email, social media (including a daily Facebook LIVE – today’s will be at 3 p.m. and will feature Dr. Ashley Solomon, clinical psychologist) and on our website.

You can watch yesterday’s (3/19) FB Live event, featuring Art Pancioli, MD, US Health, Department Chair of Emergency Medicine (and Dr. Larkin’s husband) here.


I want to emphasize the importance of understanding testing. Testing supplies are in short order. We must preserve our testing for patients who need it most.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TESTED IF:

  1. You have no symptoms
  2. You have no symptoms and you think you have been exposed
  3. You have mild symptoms (headache, cough, mild fever) AND you are under 60 AND you have no other underlying health conditions*
  • —If you fall into category 3, please call us. We do not need to test you because the treatment/management would be the same whether you test positive or not. Treat your symptoms with rest, fluids and acetaminophen for fever. Please call regardless; we want to monitor your health. If your symptoms become more severe, we want to know.

YOU MIGHT NEED TESTING IF:

  1. You are sick with moderate or severe symptoms (high fever, cough, shortness of breath) AND you test negative for influenza
  2. You are sick with mild symptoms AND you have an underlying medical condition, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, emphysema, etc.
  3. You are sick with symptoms AND you are over 60 years old

We’ve had many requests to see patients who are outside of our practice. We want to try to accommodate as best we can. We are accepting Direct Primary Care patients and have made special accommodations for patients wanting to join the practice at this time, including conducting the patient’s first visit via tele-health. Read more about this DPC membership option on our COVID-19 page.