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May 18, 2021 Clinic NewsCOVID
  1. 1st CHOICE IS STILL REQUIRING MASKS in all of our clinics.  The CDC stated that the recent changes regarding masks do NOT apply to individuals in healthcare settings.  The CDC advises that all staff, patients, and visitors in a healthcare facility continue to mask.   
  2. THE CHANGES ONLY APPLY TO VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS.  The new recommendations no longer require masking for those individuals who have been fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the 2nd shot of Pfizer and Moderna or 2 weeks past the 1st shot of Johnson and Johnson).  If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you need to continue masking in your private lives.
  3. The CDC is currently reviewing mask recommendations within healthcare settings.  They are expected to make additional recommendations in the next few weeks.  These recommendations are again expected to apply ONLY to fully vaccinated people.  If you haven’t started or finished your vaccine series, now is a good time to start.

Here’s the link for the official CDC update: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Please note the 2nd paragraph that states, “These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.”

We are offering Moderna vaccinations at all clinics. Schedule your appointment by calling your local clinic.

 


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July 29, 2020 COVID

COVID TESTING DELAYS

1st Choice offers COVID PCR testing via our partner lab, Quest Diagnostics.  This type of testing is the gold standard for COVID testing and offers patients the most reliable results.  However, due to the increased testing demand in our state and surrounding states, our partner lab has become overwhelmed. Return times for COVID testing have increased from 2-3 days to 10+ days.

Because of this delay, 1st Choice has made the decision to temporarily discontinue our free drive-up COVID testing. 

We will continue to offer COVID testing to symptomatic or exposed patients after evaluation by a provider.  Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss COVID testing.

1st Choice is exploring other testing options that meet our criteria for being both reliable and timely.  We hope to resume our free drive-up COVID testing in the future.


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1st Choice Healthcare will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing at all clinics Wednesday, May 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

  • Testing is available to anyone with or without symptoms while supplies last.
  • You must arrive in a personal vehicle.
  • You must bring a photo ID.
  • Patients will be contacted when test results are available, generally within 2 – 5 days.

Things to consider:

  • There are no bathrooms
  • Each person who needs testing must be seated next to a working window
  • All passengers much stay INSIDE the vehicle from arrival to departure
  • Try to limit the people in your vehicle to those needing testing
  • There may be significant wait times

Testing will be at all 6 clinic locations.


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April 20, 2020 Clinic NewsCOVID

To our patients who use Samsung Android cell phones: If you are seeing a provider using Telehealth, you must use Chrome as your default browser for the program to work properly.

To change these settings, please follow these instructions:
Go to Settings: Choose Browser App: then choose Chrome OR Settings: Choose Apps: then choose Chrome.

If you have any questions, please call the clinic. Thank you!!


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March 24, 2020 Clinic NewsCOVID

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.  HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. was awarded $65,732.

 

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