Message to Patients
The physicians and staff of PriMED are actively monitoring the coronavirus situation, and we are working in partnership with the federal, state, and local health officials and the Dayton health systems.
Safeguarding Patients and Staff
To keep everyone safe, PriMED Physicians continues to implement improved processes for COVID-19:
- Please avoid coming to our offices without an appointment.
- Call our offices first, and you will be asked a series of screening questions.Your answers to screening questions will not prevent you from receiving care. It will allow us to take care of you in the safest possible way and help us protect your healthcare team.
- When you arrive for your appointment, you can remain in your car and call us to check in and to receive further instructions. If you are at the office for a well or routine visit, and for comfort or transportation reasons you need to wait inside, the offices' waiting rooms can accommodate a few people, with distancing.
- At most offices, sick patients are directed to a separate entrance where you will meet a member of our staff for escort to your exam room.
- Exam rooms and restrooms for sick patients are separated from facilities for well patient. Equipment and exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disenfected between visits.
- All patients are now escorted to and from exam rooms, with “check out” happening in the exam room for sick patients.
- Only the patient and a caregiver should come into the office. Beforer entering, temperatures will be taken of patient and accompanying caregiver.
- When you're not at home, wear a mask or facial covering. It's required to wear a facial covering - even if it's homemade - to your appointment. (Patients and caregivers will be given a mask, if needed.) It can reduce the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus - and do not know it - from transmitting it to others. Here's a video on cloth face covering for COVID-19. Masks are not recommended for children under two years old or for those with breathing problems. If you're concerned about falling, and the mask limits your vision, please use your best judgement.
- Physicians and staff are screened for signs of illness at the start of the day and mid-day.
- Our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is well stocked.
We are taking these safeguards for everyone's wellbeing.
Connecting through Telehealth
PriMed is proud to offer Telehealth as an alternative to in-person visits in order to prevent the spread of disease. Telehealth enables patients to connect with physicians in real-time through a computer, smart phone or tablet.
When calling your doctor’s office, ask if Telehealth is an option for your next visit.
Clinical Research Study for COVID Vaccine
PriMED is committed to "treating you well" throughout the coronavirus pandemic. PriMed Clinical Research is currently conducting a vaccine study for COVID-19. We are particularly proud to have a role in this study. It's an opportunity to save countless lives by lessening the pandemic's spread.
We are aware that antibody testing for COVID-19 is now available in the community. We wanted to give you some additional information to consider before getting the test.
- These tests are not yet FDA approved. They have been made available under “emergency use authorization”, so the validity of the tests is not guaranteed.
- Testing positive for the IgG antibody does not necessarily imply immunity from COVID-19.
- Whatever the result, individuals should continue to follow federal, state, and local public health guidance for social distancing and other recommended behaviors during the pandemic.
- The above information has been communicated in the releases of the organizations performing the test.
- Contact your PCP if you have questions about testing to determine whether this test (or other testing) is right for you.
As always, stay safe!
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention — https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Ohio Department of Health - https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ or Hotline call 833-427-5634
Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County - https://www.phdmc.org/coronavirus-updates