COVID-19

The latest COVID-19 information, all in one place. 

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Caring for You During COVID-19

We are continuing to be careful about in-person visits. With the recent increase in cases and the arrival of flu season, please remember many appointments can be taken care of via telehealth from the comfort and safety of your home. While not suitable for all visits, we encourage you to take advantage of telehealth whenever possible.

If you need care, please call your PartnerMD physician. They will help determine if a phone call, telehealth visit, or in-office visit is most appropriate. Read on for more about how we're caring for you during COVID-19. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine News

We know a COVID-19 vaccine will be among the most pressing healthcare questions on your mind in the coming months. We also know information may be overwhelming and difficult to understand. You may even have trouble figuring out which sources of information you can trust.  

As your partner in health, we are committed to being your trusted resource for vaccine information. 

While we will not immediately have all the answers, we will do our best to provide reliable vaccine information that is easy to understand. 

Get the Latest News on Vaccines

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COVID-19 Virus and Antibody Testing

We offer COVID-19 virus and antibody tests to members. The virus test is a nasal swab and the antibody test requires a blood draw conducted in our offices. Both are then sent off to lab providers and require 2-5 days for processing and results.

Due to the limited supply of both, we ask that our members help the healthcare system by doing our part and only receiving testing if you have had an exposure. 

Call your PartnerMD doctor or nurse to determine if you are a good candidate. Your PartnerMD physician will help you determine if you should be tested, and if so, which test is most appropriate for you.

Who Should Get Tested & Why

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Protocols for In-Office Visits (Including Annual Physicals)

If you are coming to a PartnerMD office for an appointment, please follow these protocols:

  • Come alone, if possible (except for caregivers).
  • Wear a surgical mask (not a cloth mask) at all times. If you do not have one, we will provide one and ask that you replace your cloth mask with it. 
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have a fever leading up to your appointment, call us before coming in. 
  • Try to arrive at the exact time of your appointment only. Do not come early. This will help us provide social distancing for our patients. 
  • Expect to get your temperature checked upon your arrival.
  • Until further notice, the coffee and snack bar in our waiting rooms will not be available. We do have items available if you come in for fasting labs.

Local Office Contact Info

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Your Guide to Telehealth

With our telehealth capabilities, you can have a virtual video appointment with your doctor through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. These appointments function the same as an in-office visit, including using your health insurance for coverage, but provide more face-to-face interaction and privacy than a telephone call or email.

As always, if you need care, simply call our office. Your physician will help you determine the best course for your care. If you and your physician decide that a telehealth visit is best, you will receive a link by email or text for your set appointment time. Click the link at the appointed time to join. There is no account set up or password needed.

For answers to FAQs about telehealth at PartnerMD, click below.

Telehealth FAQs

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Wellness and Health Coaching

Wellness & Health Coaching During COVID-19

Until a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and fully distributed, improving your health – eating healthier, exercising more, sleeping better – will improve your body's chances of fighting the virus. 

That’s why we continue to offer one-on-one health coaching to keep you on track. Health coaching visits are available via phone, email, telehealth, or in-person, and your doctor will work with you to recommend the best option for your care.

Our health coaches are also producing videos on our Facebook page and on our Blog / Learning Center to help you stay healthy. And we continue to hold free virtual seminars on a variety of health and wellness topics. 

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PartnerMD Recommendations

Since the pandemic started in the U.S., we've learned a thing or two about dealing with the unique challenges of life during COVID. Below, you'll find our doctor-vetted recommendations for how best to protect yourself, boost your immunity, handle the holidays, and more. 

Safety & Prevention

To best protect yourself and others, keep doing the things we've been doing since the spring. 

  • Stay at least six-feet apart from others. 
  • Wear a mask. Cloth masks are acceptable in low-risk situations. Surgical masks are better for high-risk situations. 
  • Avoid large crowds. 
  • Do as much outdoors as possible. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. 

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Boost Your Immunity

While we can do everything possible to limit our chances of contracting the virus, the reality is that it may still happen. So we also need to do everything we can to boost our immune systems so our body is best prepared to fend it off. 

  • Eat a healthy, low-carb diet. 
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. 
  • Get at least 20 minutes of sunlight every day.  

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Healthy Holidays

To reduce the risk to ourselves and our loved ones, we'll need to treat this holiday season differently. Some tips:

  • Limit the number of people at a gathering as much as possible. 
  • If you can, spend time outdoors or at least keep windows or a door open. 
  • Wear masks if indoors for extended periods of time. 
  • If possible, consider quarantining for two weeks before holiday gatherings.
  • Eat healthily, keep exercising, and stay rested. 

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Back to Business

COVID-19 cases are spiking just as we're getting good news about vaccines. However,  it's going to be a while before any vaccine is fully distributed. Here's what your business should be doing this winter: 

  • Double-down on following guidelines. Wear a mask. Stay at least six feet apart. Wash your hands. Avoid large groups. Make sure these habits don't fade. 
  • Require anyone working on-site to stay home at the first sign of symptoms. 
  • Plan, plan, plan. 
  • Encourage your employees to focus on improving their health. 
  • Talk to a physician about issues affecting your business. 

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