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COVID-19



1st Choice has always been committed to being here for you and your family. We continue to expand and update our services during this COVID-19 pandemic so we can continue to provide excellent healthcare for our communities.


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

This list is not all-inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

1st Choice COVID-19 Information

  • Offering COVID-19 Testing at All Six Clinics
  • 1st Choice Visitor Policy
  • 1st Choice Appointment Types
  • 1st Choice Appointment/Walk-In Policy
  • When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention
  • Coping With Stress & Anxiety Due To COVID-19
  • Stop The Spread of Germs
Offering COVID-19 Testing at All Six Clinics

For patients with COVID-19 concerns,

  • 1st Choice offers nasal swab COVID-19 testing at all clinics with results typically back in 24-48 hours.
  • 1st Choice providers can help navigate the decision to isolate or self-quarantine.
  • 1st Choice providers can help decide when it is safe to discontinue quarantine and return to work.
  • 1st Choice providers can help you cope with the increased stress and anxiety accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We currently are NOT performing the antibodies test.

The cash price for COVID-19 test is $100. This price is not reflective of the amount paid by patients.

1st Choice Visitor Policy

To help prevent the spread of infections, starting immediately, 1st Choice Healthcare will limit visitors to 1 per patient.  If the visitor appears ill or is running a fever or has a history of exposure to Covid-19, the visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient into the clinic.

1st Choice Appointment Types

Call 1st Choice first and we will help you determine which is the best and safest healthcare option for you.

Currently, 1st choice is providing:

  • Telehealth for sick, well, and behavioral health visits
  • Drive-up Services for sick visits
  • Traditional in-office visits for sick and well visits with protected time for our most vulnerable patients.
1st Choice Appointment/Walk-In Policy

We are not accepting walk-in appointments at this time.

When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Coping With Stress & Anxiety Due To COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcoholtobacco, or other drugs

1st Choice Healthcare has Licenced Social Workers on staff ready to help you talk through your fears and worries. 

Stop The Spread of Germs

Information from the Center For Disease Control & Prevention

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness?

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

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