COVID-19: Staying The Course – A Message From Our CEO

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Joe Delatorre, Chief Executive Officer

We are facing a new landscape and Florida Medical Clinic remains diligent in our fight against the coronavirus pandemic. We urge you to continue to stay the course and follow the safety measures set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19. Protect Yourself and Others.

Florida Medical Clinic takes your health and safety very seriously. As Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise, it is important for our patients to understand the measures we have in place to protect you. Florida Medical Clinic’s COVID-19 Response Team has been actively coordinating both internally and externally with local hospitals and the Florida Department of Health to help ensure there is a concerted effort in the communities we serve.

The virus today.

COVID-19 is shown to spread mainly from prolonged person-to-person exposure between those in close contact (within about 6 feet). The virus spreads through respiratory droplets from an infected person.

To help protect yourself, Florida Medical Clinic recommends:

  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick or have recently been sick.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Routinely sanitize frequently touched objects, such as a cell phone or wallet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Apply hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol regularly.
  • Wear a face covering in public, especially if you are unable to stay more then 6-feet away from people around you.
  • Educate your children about good hygiene and make sure they are washing their hands frequently while at school, daycare, and out in the public.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat and a recent loss of taste and/or smell. Most people who are infected will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms including fever and cough. Those at greatest risk for serious complications include the elderly population and individuals with underlying chronic health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Telemedicine Services

If you and your family plan to venture out this summer, Florida Medical Clinic’s telemedicine services keep you in touch with your doctor with ‘virtual visits’ from anywhere in the world, or from the comfort of your home.

Should you find yourself in need of medical attention while traveling, we encourage you to visit our Telemedicine page and click the “Schedule Now” button, or call your physician office directly for assistance.

For information about travel and CDC recommendations, click here.

COVID-19 Testing at Florida Medical Clinic

Florida Medical Clinic offers evaluation and testing for all symptomatic individuals in our community, whether or not you are currently established as a patient of Florida Medical Clinic.  If you have unexplained fever or respiratory symptoms and want to be tested, please call Florida Medical Clinic’s Urgent Care Clinics 813.929.3600. We will provide further instructions and direction to one of Florida Medical Clinic’s COVID-19 evaluation sites.

All clinical staff at Florida Medical Clinic are trained in all appropriate health and safety procedures to protect themselves and the patients we serve. We will be providing updates on any new developments related to COVID-19 as new information becomes available. Keeping you healthy remains our top priority.

 

 

In good health,

Joe Delatorre, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

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