COVID-19 Response and Screening

Published on March 26, 2020

By MidlandsClinic

With COVID-19 officially being classified a pandemic, we as a healthcare facility need to act appropriately and carefully to protect our compromised patients, staff, and every person for that matter. Effective immediately, Midlands Clinic kindly asks that all patients experiencing flu like symptoms or who have traveled overseas or to infected areas in the last 14 days call our clinic at 605-217-5500 to receive instruction on how to move forward with any appointments.

At this time we are taking extreme precautions in order to do our part in limiting everyone’s risk of exposure and the further spread of COVID-19 or any virus. We understand that apart from COVID-19 and Influenza, people may be experiencing their common cold or allergies. However, in order to keep our clinic safe, we would like to evaluate any persons experiencing symptoms before they present for an appointment.

Midlands Clinic understands that many of our patients require being seen in a timely matter, and we are putting forth our every effort to ensure each patient is seen as soon and as safely as possible. Many of our patients are elderly or compromised and for that matter we are attempting to keep our clinic environment as safe as we can. Midlands Clinic will not be providing testing or treatment for COVID-19. Due to these reasons, we ask that you please call us before your visit so we can assess your symptoms. If we determine you are at risk, we will reschedule your appointment for a later date to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.

To reduce your risk and spread of infection, we recommend these precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, then immediately wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick, especially if you are at high risk for getting sick
  • If you are sick, stay home; call your primary care provider for information on how to receive care
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick and around people, or are caring for a sick person
  • Clean and disinfect the areas surrounding you frequently

If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary care physician for instructions on how to receive medical attention. Additionally, avoid being around others and practice the above precautions adamantly.

It is important to call your primary care physician, urgent care, or any health care facility before visiting the office. This allows them to assess and screen your symptoms and provide the proper steps to take. If you are interested in testing information, call your primary care physician.