Tests:

 COVID-19 PCR viral testing at no charge to individuals (please bring insurance information if available):

Drive up or walk up testing available at Family Health Care and at most local health departments- please call ahead:

Testing for the Corona virus is available. Due to overwhelming response, FHC restricts our testing to individuals who live and/or work in Wyandotte County, Kansas. (If you are not from Wyandotte- Please see referral numbers below.) FHC has test-kits and is testing people who have a history consistent with infection. Please do not come to the clinic for testing unless you have a prescription number from the COVID-19 phone line. You may be assigned a number by calling the information phone line- 913-396-7070 from 9-noon Mon-Sat,  Testing is between 8:30-12:30 week days for drive-through testing at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Rainbow.

 *The tests are done on a swab which is placed deep into the nose. Usually results are provided within 48 hours.

 

Antibody Tests - fees are applicable.
 
 

 COVID-19 antibody testing will be provided for a charge to appropriate individuals. These will be done in conjunction with a nasal swab PCR test for current viral RNA activity.

Family Health Care has antibody testing for people who have a history consistent with infection. Please do not come to the clinic for testing unless you have a prescription number from the COVID-19 phone line. You may be assigned a number by calling the information phone line- 913-396-7070 from 9-noon Mon-Sat,  Testing is between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM week days for drive-through testing at the Sharon Lee Family Health Care at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Rainbow.

 

Drive up or walk up testing available at Family Health Care- must have prescription:

 The tests are done on a blood test drawn from the arm.

 

Individuals

 

What to do if you feel sick (CDC)...

Qué hacer si está enfermo (CDC)...

 

If your symptoms are severe with shortness of breath or chest pain. Please call the emergency room nearest to you.

 

 

Si sus síntomas son severos con falta de aliento o dolor en el pecho. Por favor llame a la sala de emergencias más cercana a usted.

 

List of Hospital emergency rooms

 

KU Hospital

913-588-6500

North KC Hospital

816-691-2000

Olathe Medical Center

913-791-4357

Overland Park Regional

913-541-5000

Providence Medical Center

913-596-4180

Research Medical Center

816-276-4000

St. Joseph Hospital

816-942-4400

St. Luke's Hospital

816-932-2000

Truman Hospital Hill

816-404-1000

Truman Lakewood

816-404-7500

 
   

What about Tests?

Two types of tests: 

 

 

1. There is a viral test to see if you have the infection right now. This is a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) RNA test that looks for bits of the virus. In order to get an appropriate sample with a swab that may be placed in the nose, the throat or possibly just in the mouth. This testing takes several hours after the swab makes it to the special lab that has the equipment to run the sample. These are the tests that were significantly backed up at some of the large labs. It took several days to get the reports, but is now down to about 48 hours. The test is to help determine treatment for individuals.

          A positive tests tells us a person is infected and should be watched carefully for the possible development of deadly symptoms. While most (over 80%) of us do well and have symptoms mostly like a cold, some may become extremely ill, with high fever, or shortness of breath or other symptoms that should lead them to the hospital.

          On the other hand a negative test doesn't mean anything because it tells us only that a person was negative at the moment in time the test was performed and says nothing about what may happen twenty minutes later when they may be exposed at the grocery. It is not helpful for any decision-making purpose. If people are confused about the test and think a negative test is predictive in some way they are mistaken. No medical or workplace decision should ever be based on a report of a negative test. 

 

 

 

2. The other test type is an antibody test. Usually drawing from a blood or a fingerstick sample. Blood carries antibodies that are used by our bodies to fight infection. The questions that remain about antibodies are:

A- It is not certain the virus is actually affected by antibodies. Some infections may cause antibodies to develop, but the antibodies are not enough to fight the infection. HIV is an example- antibodies develop against the virus but are not effective, so people with antibodies continue to have active HIV virus.

B- If the antibodies work to fight the virus, it is not known how long they may be effective. Do they protect for a brief time? Or are they protective for years like many vaccines?

These tests help us learn how many people in the population have been exposed to the virus. It may help us figure out which people may have had the infection and just felt it was a cold and who may still not have been infected. This information is helpful to make plans for how humans may be able to better fight the virus. But, antibodies are not very helpful at this time for individuals because we do not know if they actually protect us from another infection with the virus.

 

 

WARNING: At this point in time there are very few available tests that have been authorized for use. There are a lot of frauds charging for tests (and making a bundle).  Some of these fraudulent tests are being used by licensed doctors who seem more interested in $ than in helping patients make informed decisions about their health. The health departments and other sites (hospitals, clinics) who offer the legitimate tests do not charge individuals for testing.


TESTING in KC-

Call 913-396-7070 for information and to see if you should be tested.

 

 

 

 

Family Health Care and the JayDoc volunteers are staffing a phone line for questions regarding COVID-19.

Call 913-396-7070 daily for providers and for the public. If the call-line is not answered live, (due to the time or number of other calls), we will call you back in the next 24 hours to help you. If you have urgent symptoms and cannot reach us, please call 911 to check your options.

 

TESTING:

Swab testing (PCR viral genetics testing) for COVID-19:

COVID-19 tests are offered at no charge to the patient.

The patients who currently qualify for testing will be required to meet the screening/triage criteria. Testing is for those who meet CDC Federal criteria or KDHE State plan for testing.

 

To community testing partners- If you have an urgent need for results and do not have access, please call 913-722-3100 and we will try to help you.


 

Health Centers 

If you do not have a primary care provider and are sick, but do not believe you require emergency assistance- Please call one of the health centers listed below. These health centers accept most insurance plans and they also provide affordable services based on family size and income.

 

Si no tiene un proveedor de atención primaria y está enfermo, pero no cree que necesita asistencia de emergencia, llame a uno de los centros de salud que se enumeran a continuación. Estos centros de salud aceptan la mayoría de los planes de seguro y también brindan servicios asequibles según el tamaño de la familia y los ingresos.

 

 

 
 
Local Health Centers  
 
 
Family Health Care913-722-3100
KC Care816-753-5144
Swope Health Services816-923-5800
Samuel Rogers Health Services816-474-4920
Vibrant Health 913-342-2552

Guidance for Health Care Facilities regarding business operations during COVID-19

 

Nursing homes 

Nursing Homes, Rehab and Long-term care facilities have been especially hard hit with COVID-19. The following are some guidelines and resources for use to help you caregivers protect our elderly and be safe yourselves.

 

Thank you for your commitment to caring.

 

 

 

 

 

CDC Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities

   

 

Out patient Clinics

The following are some guidelines and resources for use to help protect your patients and be safe yourselves.

 

Thank you for your commitment to caring.

 

 

 

 

 

CDC Guidance for Out Patient and Ambulatory Settings

   

 

Dental Clinics

The following are some guidelines and resources for use to help protect your patients and be safe yourselves.

 

Thank you for your commitment to caring.

 

 

 

 

 

CDC Guidance for Dental Re-opening

 

CDC Guidance for Dental Settings

 

Here are some You-Tube videos for use of PPE- How to safely Don and Doff equipment.

1.5 min Per CDC How to put on Gown, mask, gloves

2.5 min Per CDC #1 How to remove PPE

1.5 min Per CDC #2 How to remove PPE


 


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