Corona Virus Update

March 13, 2020 Coronavirus Update From Preston Medical

Coronavirus news is developing rapidly, we want to share the latest information on the virus and howPreston Medical, the NC Dept. of Health, and the CDC are responding:

Preston Medical is pleased to be able to offer Telehealth Visits for Existing Patients

Please consider a telehealth visit if you are concerned about coming into the office, symptoms of coronavirus, or other health issues you need to discuss with your health care provider. Connecting withyour provider virtually is a private and secure way for you to get the care you need from home.

As an existing patient, you may see a Preston Medical provider using telehealth during this time of elevated concern as well as after this immediate concern passes.BlueCross BlueShield NC are covering telehealth.

You can also check with your insurance carrier to see if telehealth is covered in your policy. There is normally the same co-pay as any regular office visit. We expect other insurance companies and Medicare to make similar announcements soon.How to book your telehealth visit

Contact Preston Medical at 919-319-9219 to schedule your telehealth visit today.

What telehealth care means for you and your loved onesYou meet with your provider in a telehealth visit using any device with a camera and a secure connection, for example, your smart phone, iPad over wireless, or through your computer.

Here are a few health concerns that can be addressed during a telehealth visit:
Sore ThroatCoughFever
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Urinary Tract Infections
Medication Management
AllergiesRash and other minor skin issues
Lab Result Follow-upsContraception
Chronic Condition
Follow-ups

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FAQS

Can I get tested for COVID-19 at Preston?Yes. We follow CDC guidelines regarding testing, which state:

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have beenin close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your medical provider will use CDC guidelines and his/her professional judgement to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19

If you feel you may have coronavirus, please call Preston Medical to speak with your provider andhe/she will help you decide if testing is warranted. If you are tested, information will be shared with your local health department.

What can I do to stay healthy?

The simplest and most effective ways to keep yourself and family safe include:
•Practicing good hand hygiene. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
•Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with un-sanitized hands.

I think I may have coronavirus. What should I do?

The CDC recommends that you seek medical advice if you have spent time in restricted countries during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Please call ahead before coming to the Preston Medical office to relate your recent travel and your symptoms.

If you have severe symptoms of respiratory illness (like severe pneumonia) that may require hospitalization, please call Preston Medical, schedule an appointment online, or visit your nearest urgent care or emergency department.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, the North Carolina Division of Public Health is the most appropriate organization to contact. They have established a call line at 1-866-4623821 to address general questions about coronavirus.

Resources

CDC: https://www.cdc.govicoronavirtis/2019-ncov/index.html

NC Dept. of Public Health: https://www.ncdhhs.goviclivisionsfpublic-health/coronavirusdisease-2019-...



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