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2019-ncov-factsheet

 

A message from your Trinity Medical Staff

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

  • Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (i.e.: cough, fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc.)

More about testing

  • There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19: diagnostic tests and antibody blood tests (serology).
    • Diagnostic tests check samples from your respiratory system (swabs of the inside of the nose or throat) to tell you if you currently have COVID-19.
    • Antibody blood tests check your blood for antibodies that would show if you have had a previous infection.
  • The antibody blood test (serology) looks for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies can be found in the blood and in other tissues. The antibodies detected by this test indicate that a person had an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, whether symptoms developed from infection or not.
    • A serologic test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take on average 1 to 3 weeks to make antibodies after symptoms occur.
    • We do not know yet if having antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can protect someone from getting infected with that virus again, or how long that protection might last. Scientists are doing studies to answer those questions
    • The more people that are tested, the more scientists can learn about this new virus.  With better data collection, and thus better understanding, we are hopeful that these questions can be answered.
  • We currently offer both forms of testing at Trinity Medical Associates.

What is Trinity Medical Associates doing to protect you:

  • Screening employees for fevers, symptoms of COVID, and quarantining employees when sick.
  • Employees are being asked to wear masks at all times when they are working in areas that interact directly with patients or moving through patient areas; including hallways.
  • Anyone entering the office over the age of 2 yrs old is being advised to wear a mask.
  • If an individual does not wish to wear a mask, we will not turn him or her away, but we will ask him or her to wait in their car as a courtesy to others in the waiting room.
  • All patients are being offered the opportunity to wait in their car if they wish.
  • No patient with contagious symptoms is allowed to wait in any waiting area.
  • Waiting areas contain very few chairs, all with at least 6 feet of separation.
  • All patients with contagious symptoms are triaged and either treated in the tent or directed to wait in their cars to be seen in the office.
  • Lab and injection patients will be received in the walk-in side. If the chairs fill up, we will ask additional patients to wait in their car.
  • All patients with well visits will be able to wait in the main waiting room or in their cars. We can assure that no symptomatic patients will be in the waiting room.
  • Increasing sanitization of office and work stations.
  • Encouraging mobile check-in and payment options to limit time in waiting room.
  • Offering Telemedicine appointments when appropriate.
  • Offering appointments for COVID-19 antibody testing.

What can you do to prevent the spread?

  • Wear a cloth face covering and practice social distancing in public settings, including at our offices.
  • When you call to make an appointment, please tell us about any current or recent symptoms of illness, no matter how minor.  Include any known or suspected contact with people suspected or known to have or have had COVID-19.