Last updated: June 4th, 2021
Dear Primecare Patients,
At Primecare of Coral Gables, we pride ourselves on always being a community partner and providing the best care for our patients. And right now, during the COVID-19 outbreak, we need your help to protect our ability to take care of the patients who truly need us. Please take a couple of minutes to read the following message and share with friends and family.
We are closely following the news and recommendations from the Florida Department of Health (FDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) as the cases in Miami continue to increase daily. We will do our best to update you and encourage you to check with the FDH and CDC on a regular basis for updates.
We are trying to reduce in-office visits in keeping with federal and local recommendations and are offering telehealth visits, which can be arranged by calling our office or requesting one online.
We have registered with the Florida Department of Health and have applied to be a Covid-19 vaccine site. We do not have any Covid-19 vaccines, nor do we expect to receive it in the near future. We appreciate your patience and recommend you seek alternative options (see here for a list). We recommend that all patients receive the vaccine unless you have had a severe allergic reaction, especially to a vaccine or injectable or polyethylene gylcol.
We are aware of the new orders put in place by Florida Department of Health and will address "extremely vulnerable" patients on a case-by-case basis. Please be patient with us as we are receiving an overwhelming request for these letters and will get them to you as soon as possible
According to the CDC, adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplants
- Obesity (BMI >30)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies , HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI >25, but <30)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissue)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
FAQ regarding the vaccine: click here
Miami-Dade County information on vaccination sites: click here
Baptist is now offerring vaccines for those over 65 or at high risk: click here to schedule and for more information at what qualifies as high risk
Find a list of locations to get tested: MDC testing sites
What you should do to protect yourself:
The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus and use good hand hygiene. Common sense precautions that prevent the spread of flu will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do the following:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover cough and sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should only be worn by persons who are sick or persons caring for them.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and hard surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Recommendations on what to do if you think you were exposed can be found here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/exposure/
What you should do if you are experiencing symptoms?
Have symptoms? Try the CDC Coronavirus Self-Test Tool: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html
For those patients who are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, persistent cough and body aches, please call our office (or 911 if it is an emergency). We are here to examine and evaluate you, if we feel that this is in yours and the community’s best interests. If we are able to rule out seasonal flu, we may recommend a coronavirus test based on the recommendations from the Florida Department of Health and Center for Disease Control. The latest recommendation on who should be tested can be found here. General recommendations for those with mild symptoms will include:
- Self-isolation at home
- Stay away from others by using a specific room and separate bathroom, if possible
- Clean your hands often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask
- Click the following link for more recommendations from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
Please keep in mind anyone tested negative today could contract the illness tomorrow. Most patients who contract the disease will experience mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms and will recover fully by following the above advice.
Our office is staffed by some of the most dedicated teams in healthcare. We are coming to work every day committed to caring with kindness. We hope you will help us by not coming for a COVID-19/coronavirus test unless you meet the appropriate criteria or by calling ahead. By doing that, you will be helping ensure that Primecare continues to remain available to your friends, family and neighbors who need us now.
Recommended sources of information:
- Florida Department of health
- For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121.
- The Call Center is available 24 hours a day.
- Inquiries may also be emailed to [email protected]
- Resource kit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: