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COVID-19

Dear patients of Michigan Avenue Immediate Care  / Primary Care:
 

COVID-19 testing is available for any interested patient via our Immediate Care or Primary Care appointments. 


Patients with symptoms and/or specific known COVID exposure:

In order to maximize safety and minimize exposure, all patients with COVID-19 symptoms and/or acute known exposure, are first evaluated via telemedicine (video) appointment.  Afterwards, our staff will work with you to schedule the appropriate sample collection. 


Typical symptoms may include:  cough, sore-throat, fever, muscle aches, loss of smell / taste.
Examples of specific known exposures may include: prolonged exposure to a family member / friend with confirmed COVID-19. 


Patients without symptoms and without specific exposure:

Patients with no symptoms and without acute COVID-19 contacts in the prior 14 days who desire COVID-19 swab tests are welcome to visit us for an in-person Immediate Care office visit and swab collection. 

 Typical scenarios include:  pre-travel testing, return-to-work testing, and return-from-travel testing.


 

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The following is a brief breakdown of available tests and general care measures:


COVID-19 Swab test

  • Detects ACTIVE infection
  • Used to diagnose COVID-19 if you have symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Swabs are taken from either the nose or mouth
  • Test results turn ‘negative’ or ‘normal’ when the infection resolves
  • For symptomatic patients, or those with specific exposure – our office schedules collection of COVID swabs for  after a Telemedicine evaluation
  • For patients without symptoms or specific known exposure – patients are welcome to visit us for an in-person Immediate Care visit for testing

 


 

COVID-19 Blood test

  • Detects prior COVID infection by measuring antibodies
  • Antibodies to COVID are thought to be protective and may indicate immunity
  • Antibodies appear approximately 14 days after infection or exposure
  • Scientists do not yet know how long antibodies will last after infection
  • Does NOT detect active infections
  • Our office schedules collection of the COVID blood test after a Telemedicine evaluation
  • Specific test protocol — IgG antibodies via Abbott, which received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on 4/26/2020
  • Reported sensitivity – 100%,  specificity – 99.6%  
 

 

General Health Measures regarding COVID-19

  • If you are sick and experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, consider the COVID Swab test. 
  • Covid swabs can be ordered via a Telemedicine Consultation with our office
  • Stay hydrated and take fever reducers as needed
  • Patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases should self-quarantine
  • Self-quarantine is more strict than sheltering-in-place
  • Coordinate with your healthcare provider regarding when to follow-up and when to discontinue self-quarantine
  • If you were previously sick (or had possible exposure to COVID-19) and it has been at least 2 weeks – consider the COVID-19 Blood Test
  • The blood test can be ordered via a Telemedicine Consultation with our office

 


When to consider Emergency Care

  • If you are sick with a high fever and severe respiratory symptoms (chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant fatigue), please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


 

Thank you for allow us to serve you and our community!
 
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