I have been in contact with the local health department. They are not referring patients to their PCP for COVID-19 testing. Though commercial tests are being generated, these are only in limited supply. We do not have these tests available for mass testing. Please contact us to be evaluated by phone if you have flu-like symptoms so we can guide you for appropriate flu testing and any additional testing as indicated. Per the 3/9/20 update from CDC,”
Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.”
If asked to come in for evaluation, please wait outside to be given a mask before entering to protect the other patients. Face masks are now considered acceptable due to supply shortages. Please refer to the CDC and VDH pages as they will be updating recommendations frequently due to the dynamic nature of COVID-19.
We wish you all safety and health during this time!
-Dr. Kanal and Tammy
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