South Tabor Family Physicians strongly recommends vaccination against Covid-19 in order to help protect people from getting the virus, to reduce hospitalizations, and to save lives. STFP has a limited supply of the Covid-19 vaccine. We are inviting patients, age 18 or older, to schedule at our clinic for this service.
It is very important to remember to continue to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and practice proper hand washing until widespread immunity through vaccination has been achieved.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have current and up to date information regarding the Coronavirus available online. For information on how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus please consult the CDC website at www.CDC.gov/coronavirus.
- Testing for Coronavirus is primarily limited to those with close contact to a known case. If you feel you have had close contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case, please give us a call and we can schedule you for a telehealth evaluation.
- STFP in conjunction with the CDC and local public health departments urge those with mild cold and flu symptoms to stay home, practice supportive care, and monitor their symptoms to help minimize the spread of infection and reduce unnecessary use of local health resources.
- Again, we urge those with mild cold and flu symptoms to stay home, practice supportive care, and monitor for worsening symptoms.
Doing Our Part
We at South Tabor Family Physicians recognize that proactive and preventive steps are necessary to help slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. We continue to maintain and implement policies to do our part:
We require you to wear a mask at all times while inside the clinic. We are screening everyone who enters our building for symptoms of Covid-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms will be asked to return to their car and be seen for their appointment through telehealth (video visit).
We continue to practice an increased disinfection regimen within the clinic, and most of the seating in our waiting room has been removed to ensure proper distancing. We also have a process to get you to an exam room quickly when you check in.
All incoming calls from patients experiencing symptoms linked to the Covid-19 will be scheduled as a telehealth visit with our providers. These visits will allow the provider to further assess your condition and determine if staying home, coming in to the clinic for further evaluation, or if testing is the best course of action. If you do need to follow up with us at the clinic, we ask that you stay in your car and call us so that our clinicians can evaluate you outside.
Telehealth visits (also known as video visits) require one of the following: a smartphone, a laptop with a camera and microphone, or a computer with camera and microphone. Once we confirm a telehealth appointment we will send you a link that will prompt you to install an app on your phone or download a small program onto your computer. From there the link will take you directly in to the telehealth “waiting room”. Once the provider is ready they will connect with you using video.
At a car visit our providers will come out to evaluate the you. Our providers wear protective gear and perform an evaluation that may include taking throat or nasal swabs to test for flu and/or Coronavirus. By performing the visits in this way, we reduce everyone’s exposure.
While a car visit may sound unusual, we have done what we can to make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible. We have performed a number of these visits now and have received positive feedback on them.
We take the Coronavirus pandemic very seriously and will continue to adjust and adapt to the situation as information becomes available. Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of you, your family, our healthcare team and their families, and the community.
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