Established Providence patients are eligible for COVID-19 testing through the conveniently located Providence Medical Lab and its fast and thorough test results.
If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms — Click here for Providence's procedures for COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients.
If you need to be tested for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms — Click here for Providence's procedures for COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients.
If you or a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your Providence practice right away —
Beavercreek Commons Family Practice (Beavercreek)
Centerville Family Practice & Rheumatology (Centerville)
Contemporary Pediatrics (Centerville)
Crossroads Medical Center (Vandalia)
Family Health Center (Springboro)
Farmersville Medical Center (Farmersville)
Germantown Family Medicine (Germantown
Noel Watson, MD (Germantown)
Providence Medical Group - The Heights (Huber Heights)
Suburban Family Practice (Huber Heights)
Sugarcreek Family Medicine (Bellbrook)
Waynesville Health Care (Waynesville)
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19), along with up-to-date answers:
The disease that is currently causing so much concern due to recent worldwide outbreaks, and is commonly called the coronavirus, is formally known as COVID-19. It is a new, previously unidentified strain of a family of viruses — all known as coronaviruses — that cause respiratory illnesses.
Reported respiratory symptoms range from mild to severe for confirmed cases, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Contact your primary care provider — you will be asked about your symptoms and other factors; appropriate screening questions include:
- Do you have a fever?
- Do you have symptoms consistent with lower respiratory illness, such as a cough and difficulty breathing? Do other symptoms include headache or chest discomfort?
- Have you recently been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Have you recently traveled to an area known to be affected by COVID-19?
If you have indicating symptoms or events, you will likely be advised to:
- Take a test for COVID-19; your provider will give you an authorization for testing.
- Self-isolate at home and avoid contact with others.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be given treatment and other care instructions by your provider.
Currently, COVID-19 tests are being administered at multiple locations throughout the Dayton area. Please be aware that to receive a test, you’ll need authorization from your healthcare provider. Contact your provider if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
- Providence patients are eligible for prompt COVID-19 testing at the conveniently located Providence Medical Lab, assuring that all results are shared with your provider in a timely manner. COVID-19 testing is accompanied by a test for Flu.
Test results for COVID-19 are made available as quickly as possible, although heavy demand for testing may extend turnaround time. Payment and/or co-payment required for testing, if any, depends upon healthcare insurance coverage and the administering provider.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
It may be possible to acquire the coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Currently, a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is not available. However, there are everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face cover when around others.
The use of masks and cloth face coverings, and how to make face covers if necessary, are detailed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- Put distance between yourself and other people — at least six feet of separation is recommended.
- 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 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.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
At this time there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the coronavirus.
If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Your provider can recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms.
The Ohio Department of Health has a webpage with all the latest coronavirus information as it relates to Ohio and our region. Call the Ohio Department of Health Hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH if you have further questions about the coronavirus.
For further detailed information on the coronavirus and its spread, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Providence practices stand ready to provide the highest quality care to every patient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We are taking every precaution to assure that everyone who enters our office is safe.
- If you are concerned about any symptoms that you or a family member may have, please don't hesitate to contact your primary care provider through your patient portal or by calling the practice.
- Telemedicine Visits are an option — If you are more comfortable with a video visit, they are available. Your provider will perform an initial assessment of your symptoms to determine if further evaluation is required, and to recommend an immediate course of care. Go to your patient portal or call your provider.
- Currently, same-day appointments are available; check with your provider, or check your patient portal for appointment times.