Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
As a community-based healthcare system, the health and well-being of our patients, employees, and community is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are committed to being responsive to the needs of our patients and employees as the situation evolves.
At this time, there is a limited supply of test kits available. First Care does not currently have any test kits; however, within the next couple of weeks, officials have advised that testing for COVID-19 may become more readily available.
During this time, First Care has implemented several new procedures in order to keep our patients and employees safe. Sanitizing and disinfecting our clinics have continued to be First Care’s top priority. In addition, patients can check-in online and enter all registration information from their home or vehicle. Some visits can even be done fully in the vehicle. Patients with respiratory symptoms will be screened over the phone before entering the clinic in order to determine treatment. Last, we ask that patients don’t bring guests or let the guests wait in the car. If the visit is for a minor, one healthy guardian can accompany during the visit. Other adults or children not being seen should stay at home or in the car.
We appreciate your understanding that, as a patient, your First Care experience may look different as we navigate through this time together. These modifications are to ensure the health and safety of each patient that comes through our doors – whether it be for allergies or more. We want to thank you for supporting our employees who are working tirelessly to ensure excellent quality in our clinics.
The most common symptoms of the COVID-19 are the same as the most common symptoms of the flu, common colds, and pneumonia which include fever, cough, congestion, and shortness of breath. At least 80% of those infected with COVID-19 don’t need medical treatment. Only those with severe symptoms including shortness of breath and difficulty breathing should report to the Emergency Department. All others should quarantine themselves at home.
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is considered the best prevention against COVID-19. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available. Clean and disinfect frequently toughed objects and surfaces. Additionally, avoid close contact with who are sick or appear to be under the weather.
First Care is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees, and communities. Sanitizing and disinfecting our clinics has continued to be First Care’s top priority. In addition, patients can check-in online and enter all registration information from their home or vehicle. Some visits can even be done fully in the vehicle. Patients with respiratory symptoms will be screened over the phone before entering the clinic in order to determine course of treatment.
First Care DOES NOT currently have the ability to test for COVID-19. Currently, the only place to get testing in the United States is State and County health departments and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Supplies of tests are limited and only high-risk patients are being tested. First Care is NOT equipped to obtain samples for COVID-19 at this time. Only Public Health Authorities can direct persons identified at risk for COVID-19 to local Emergency Departments or Public Health Labs for specimen collection or further care.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. No, First Care is not equipped to treat COVID-19 at this time.
Please check back as test may become available soon.