The coronavirus outbreak has ushered in a new normal, and our team at Valley Healthcare Systems is here to help. We like to keep our community updated with our nasal swab testing information, safety precautions, and procedures. Communication is part of the value that we provide in our service to you.

 

Schedule a virtual telehealth visit

We are happy to offer telehealth services. Telehealth is the providing of health-related services and information via electronic telecommunication technology. Telehealth technology allows long-distance patient and clinician contact–a safer approach in these unique times.

 

We accept most insurances. Schedule your telehealth visit today or call us at (706) 322-9599.

 

Get tested for COVID-19

We’re offering COVID-19 nasal swab testing at our various locations. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms call (706) 587-6090 to schedule a visit for nasal swab testing. Then, you will be screened and evaluated by a VHCS medical provider during your nasal swab testing visit. Also, you can get tested at one of our drive-up testing locations (more information below). All patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be considered for nasal swab testing.

No insurance? No worries! There is no out-of-pocket charge for self-pay patients, including lab processing. Valley Healthcare covers the cost. Even if you have insurance you can expect to not pay anything out-of-pocket.

Some of the confirmed COVID-19 symptoms include*:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills (can present with repeated shaking)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get emergency medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble with breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Blue color in the lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Visit the CDC website for more information on COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Remember when comparing coronavirus vs flu, both viruses have some similar symptoms. Please consult a medical professional if you have any concerns.

 

Drive-up COVID-19 nasal swab testing

Yes. We are doing COVID-19 nasal swab testing at the drive-up locations below:

Drive-up testing days and times: Monday & Wednesday 2 PM – 4 PM & Friday 10 AM – 12 PM

Locations:

We are currently offering the standard nasal “nasopharyngeal” swab specimen COVID-19 lab testing.

 

Our safety precautions at Valley Healthcare

Patient and staff safety is our primary concern. Therefore, we are taking the following safety precautions at Valley Healthcare:

  • Offering drive-up pharmacy
  • Taking everyone’s temperature before entering the building
  • All employees are wearing masks
  • All patients are to wear a face covering
  • Extra scrubs for changing for staff that comes in contact with suspected COVID-19 patients
  • Frequently cleaning areas that are constantly being touched
  • Touch-free hand sanitizers at each workstation
  • Triage and isolation of suspected COVID-19 patients in separate areas
  • Unfortunately, only patients are allowed in the building with the exception of one adult caregiver for child patients.

 

Our professional medical staff is here and ready to help you during these trying times. Contact us to let us know how we can serve you or call us today at (706) 587-6090 to schedule your coronavirus-related visit.

In the meantime, let’s work together to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Please continue social distancing measures whenever possible–only doing activities that are essential. Wash your hands often. Keep a clean personal environment. Cough and sneeze into a cloth, tissue, or your elbow. And wear a mask when you’re out in public. This list of recommendations is not all-inclusive. Get more coronavirus safety and protection information at CDC.gov.

We are all in this together. Let’s do all we can to keep each other healthy!

 

Call Valley Healthcare System today at (706) 587-6090 to schedule your coronavirus-related visit.