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Important COVID-19 Update

October 21, 2020

Salina Family Healthcare Center (SFHC) takes the health and safety of our community seriously.  In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, SFHC has taken the following steps:

  • Expanding our telephone and telemedicine services to allow for care to be done without a face-to-face visit.  Talk to our staff about setting up a visit with a medical or behavioral health provider via the phone or on our new telemedicine platform!  All you need is a smartphone or a webcam-enabled computer.
  • Screening all employees and patients entering our building for symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Creating an isolated care area with a separate entrance for those patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  This helps us take good care of ALL of our patients, those with possible COVID-19 and those without it.

For All Patients:

Masks Required for Entry –Masks are mandated for all patients and visitors entering our building.  Please bring your own mask as we are limited in the number of masks we have available. 

Testing for COVID-19:

We know there are many of our patients who have questions about testing for COVID-19.  Here is where SFHC is with testing:

  • SFHC now has IN-HOUSE testing for COVID-19.  Results may be known in as little as 15 minutes.  Symptoms warranting COVID-19 testing include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell.  Asymptomatic patients with exposure to others with COVID-19 may warrant testing, as well. 
  • Employer instructions to get a COVID-19 test at your doctor’s office without another listed reason for testing is not a sufficient reason to get a test.
  • If you feel like you have COVID-19 and might need testing, please call SFHC to discuss your symptoms and other factors that might warrant a test.
  • We do NOT currently offer ANTIBODY testing.  There is not sufficient accuracy in current ANTIBODY testing to make it worth doing at this time.  We will continue to monitor the accuracy of these tests and may change our test offerings in the future.

Our advice to you:

It can be a little overwhelming to know what you can do to help avoid COVID-19.  Here is our advice:

  • Stay home whenever possible.
  • Wear a mask when you are out in public.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when you do need to go out.
  • Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Completely cover your cough with the inside of your elbow.

Here is our advice if you are ill:

  • Stay home and away from others as much as possible.
  • Here is what COVID-19 may look like: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, congestion, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell
  • If you feel you have COVID-19 symptoms but are not seriously ill, isolate yourself from others for 7 days after symptoms start or 3 days after symptoms end, whichever is longer.  Also consider getting a test through your primary care provider.  If you are seriously ill, go to the ER.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 
  • Stay hydrated.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms or that you have underlying risk for serious illness, please call us (785-825-7251).  We want to help you.

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