COVID-19 Community Call
On the call, our CMO Joyce Kim will discuss the facts and fiction about COVID-19, Dr. Scarborough will share a word of encouragement, and our medical staff will entertain any questions you may have about the coronavirus. Our goal with this call is to create an opportunity for direct interaction with healthcare professionals.
Topic: MercyMed COVID-19 Community Video Conference
Venue: Virtual Web Conference
Time: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the link below. No registration required.
Meeting ID: 550 205 132
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New Procedures for Entering MercyMed Office
NOTICE: MercyMed remains open for patients. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been exposed, please call us. Do not come to the clinic.
In order to gain access to either of our offices, read the new requirements below:
- All will be pre-screened prior to entering the waiting room and provided with mask as needed.
- We will ask CDC directed screening questions to determine the need for testing. If you screen negative, you will be permitted to enter, and directed to designated seating in the waiting room to maintain distance from other patients. If you screen positive, we will re-direct you.
- All will hand-sanitize prior to entering.
- For patients over the age of 60, do not come in. We will reschedule your appointment, and reschedule for a telemedicine visit.
Please call 706.507.9209 with any questions.
COVID-19 Screening & Sample Collection for Testing
MercyMed of Columbus and the Columbus Health Department are partnering to provide COVID-19 screening and specimen collection. The Columbus Health Department will screen patients via telephone. MercyMed staff will collect samples for testing by appointment only for patients who meet the criteria.
Concerned parties can call the Columbus Health Department for phone screening. If the screening questionnaire determines patients need testing, they will report to a drive-thru specimen collection appointment at MercyMed on 2nd Avenue with mask in place if available.
There are limited test quantities. Currently only pre-screened patients will undergo sample collection. Results will be communicated within 48-72 hours after lab processing. Patients will be asked to remain in isolation until test results are available. Follow-up care is to be performed by the patient’s primary care provider.
Concerned patients and primary care offices can call 706.321.6300 for screening.
Dear patients of MercyMed,
We are writing to inform you of the steps we are taking to prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While staying informed about the local and international situation, we hope to continue providing you with quality medical care that puts an emphasis on prevention techniques and supplies clear avenues for diagnosis and treatment.
What are we doing to prepare?
- We have set a standardized clinic protocol to respond to potential exposure
- We are monitoring the clinic locations to be sure there is enough hand sanitizer and adequate cleaning of public spaces.
- We are appropriately sanitizing all treatment areas.
- We are in touch with the local health department to make sure we are aware of the appropriate resources.
What can you do to help?
- Return to our website for the latest clinic updates
- If you are feeling any respiratory symptoms [cough, difficulty breathing] or have a fever [greater than 100.4 degrees F] we ask that you remain at home and call for a phone interview. We will set up an appointment. Do not come in person to schedule a sick visit.
- Note that the CDC states that those with increased risk are adults > 60 years of age and that the greatest risk is in adults > 80 years of age, especially those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Please consider your own health history – is it fairly complex? Do you have many underlying health conditions? If so, take extra precautions to reduce your likelihood of exposure.
- Continue to practice standard hygiene practices such as thorough hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Try adopting a “hands-free” approach by avoiding handshakes when appropriate.
- Do not panic and remain hopeful. We serve the highest authority.
Joyce Kim, DO
Chief Medical Officer
MercyMed of Columbus
“The joy of those who follow their Lord on his self-emptying and humbling way shows that what they seek is not misery and pain but the God whose compassion they have felt in their own lives: their eyes do not focus on poverty and misery, but on the face of the loving.” – Henri Nouwen
INFORMATION FROM U.S. CDC
General Information and Situation Updates https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
RESOURCES FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
WHO has a page which includes guidance, videos, messaging, and posters on basic protective measures against COVID-19, when and how to use masks, myth-busters, and advice.