Family Health Center patients and our North Idaho neighbors,
We are committed to helping you stay healthy and we are here for you. We felt it was important to give you a mid-April update since so much has changed in the last few weeks. The good news is that there has not been widespread community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our area and the threat appears to be contained.
First, rest assured that our clinic continues to be open Monday – Friday 8-5. We are always available for normal office visits in person or by video visit from the convenience of your home or office. Most visit types, including new concerns, chronic care and wellness visits can be scheduled either way. We provide personalized, comprehensive health care when and where it is convenient for you. We offer same day appointments and “quick sick” walk in and video visits every day. However, if you are running both a fever AND you have cough or respiratory symptoms, we ask that you schedule a video visit to reduce possible exposure to the new virus. Alternatively, if you develop fever and cough on the day of your scheduled visit, please call ahead from home or your car when you arrive so you can talk to a nurse before you come in the door. We may be able to evaluate you in your car. Testing for COVID-19 remains limited in our area primarily reserved for the sickest and those at highest risk.
At this time, in accordance with CDC guidelines, we encourage that all patients wear a face mask in public spaces in our office. Please know that we are sanitizing common touch surfaces like door handles, counter tops, and pens several times a day. Even so, practice good personal hygiene habits including hand washing and avoid touching your face when in public.
Our philosophy is simple: we want to be your medical home – a place where you can contact us anytime about anything concerning your health. We are always here, no matter what. We can be reached for emergency concerns 24 hours a day at our office phone number. We look forward to taking care of you and your family! Welcome home.
Family Health Center
Dr. Scott Dunn; Dr. Zach Halversen, Dr. Dan Meulenberg, Dr. Hannah Raynor, Dr. Jeremy Waters, Dr. Kara Waters and staff.
For those who are feeling well, but have had a cough illness in the last few months or were exposed to someone who had COVID-19, we are now offering a blood antibody test for COVID-19. This test is used to investigate whether a person has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past and has developed antibodies. If you are interested in this testing please make an appointment for a short visit, in person or by video, so we can discuss your situation.
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
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COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please call our office at 208-263-1435.