Updated April 14, 2020
COVID-19 testing now offered at select Patient First Centers.
Click here for information about COVID-19 testing, to find a designated testing center, and to learn how to make an appointment for testing.
All of our Centers are taking extensive steps, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to provide a safe environment for patients who need care, as well as for our staff:
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
High-risk conditions - If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have a high-risk condition, like being 65 or older; or have asthma, lung disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure or are pregnant, call your doctor to let him or her know.
Serious symptoms - If you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, difficulty waking up, bluish lips or face, call 911 or go to the closest Emergency Room right away.
Mild symptoms - If you have a mild fever or cough, you may have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Monitor your symptoms.
You can find more information about what to do if you are sick on the CDC's website.
Social Distancing - The CDC and some state authorities have instructed health care providers to discourage or restrict non-urgent visits. This measure is intended to limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, and we want to assist in this goal. Please follow CDC guidelines, available by clicking here. Please postpone physicals and wellness visits, and non-essential employer services.
Prescription Refills for Chronic Care Patients
Patients who regularly see a Patient First physician for ongoing treatment of a chronic condition and require prescription refills may call their pharmacist to have their prescriptions refilled, rather than coming into the center to be seen.
Picking Up Items at the Center
For your convenience, before coming in, please:
Items available for pick-up: Medical Records, Work Notes, FMLA forms, DOT forms, etc.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is spread person-to-person when infected individuals cough or sneeze, sending contagious respiratory droplets airborne. These droplets can then land on or be inhaled by others who are in close contact with them (within 6 feet). These droplets may also contaminate solid surfaces within the room. With this virus, it seems that individuals can become infected even when the contagious person is not displaying any symptoms. The most common symptoms have been similar to those of the flu: cough, fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to avoid infection is to maintain proper hygiene:
For more information and updates on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s website here.