COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at Providence practices.

If you’d like to make an appointment for your provider’s office to administer the Moderna vaccine, please call your Providence practice:

Beavercreek Commons Family Practice (Beavercreek)  (937) 427-3333
Centerville Family Practice & Rheumatology (Centerville)  (937) 434-7353
Contemporary Pediatrics (Centerville)  (937) 438-1115
Crossroads Medical Center (Vandalia)  (937) 454-5296
Family Health Center (Springboro)   (937) 885-0701
Farmersville Medical Center (Farmersville)  (937) 696-2858
Germantown Family Medicine (Germantown  (937) 855-6006
Noel Watson, MD (Germantown)  (937) 855-7275
Providence Medical Group - The Heights (Huber Heights)  (937) 237-5294
Suburban Family Practice (Huber Heights)  (937) 233-4252
Sugarcreek Family Medicine (Bellbrook)  (937) 848-9010
Waynesville Health Care (Waynesville)  (513) 897-0085

Here are some important points to remember about the COVID-19 vaccinations:

• Our practices have a limited number of vaccine doses, so please make your appointment soon.

• The Moderna vaccine is approved for ages 18 and over.

• COVID-19 vaccinations are at no charge to you.

• The vaccine is administered in two doses; during your first inoculation visit, we’ll schedule you for the second shot four weeks later.

COVID-19 testing is also available

Established Providence patients are eligible for COVID-19 testing through the conveniently located Providence Medical Lab and its fast and thorough test results. Please call your Providence practice from the list above for a testing appointment.

If you believe you have COVID-19 symptomsClick 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 symptomsClick 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.


 

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:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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.

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