Update for 23 March 2020: There are 1171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida. Alachua county has 35 cases. There is a case report published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology regarding gastrointestinal symptoms as the predominant symptoms upon hospital presentation for COVID-19. Read a synopsis here. Several of the cases presenting at UF Shands have had diarrhea as the main symptom. Because of this AND the fact that we cannot get supplies of masks (regular or the N95), we have made the hard decision to cease all SICK patient care in this office. We can evaluate you via telemedicine. We are equipped for tele-encouters. Call and get your appointment with either Dr. Sanders or Abigail Eley. By doing this, we can maintain well-care and usual chronic care management visits in the office.
Update for 19 March 2020: There are 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida. If you want the official state data updates, get them here. For our community, there has been SUSPECTED case associated with an employee at Newk’s Eatery. The restaurant has closed to be extraordinarily cautious. There was a UF School of Dentistry student that was confirmed positive for COVID-19. The university is monitoring potential exposures to patients by that student.
What do you do if you think you have been exposed to Covid-19? Symptoms develop within 2-14 days from exposure with the average time frame being 5.1 days.
The common and expected symptoms are fever (100.4F), dry cough and shortness of breath. Because of the fever, people will also have a headache and chills. Symptoms can be mild, not much different than a bad cold. But for some, especially the elderly or people with underlying medical condition, the infection progresses swiftly and can cause extreme respiratory distress that requires mechanical ventilation. If you have symptoms, please call the office for guidance. We are in the process of setting up our telemedicine capabilities. We will keep you updated as things proceed.
Updates on Coronavirus 2019 : Currently in Florida there are twenty (20) confirmed cases of COVID-19. The most up-to-date state information is here: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/
The practical concerns about how we – as a community – deal with suspected cases. How do we limit risk and contain the spread of this infection? The preliminary reports are that the virus takes 5.5 days to incubate. Symptoms will develop before 12 days and that is why the recommended quarantine is 14 days.
It is imperative that any individuals who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to contact the Alachua County Health Department at (352) 225-4181 during regular business hours or at (352) 334-7900 after hours, prior to entering any physician’s office, emergency department, hospital, or urgent care center, to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.
When you call our office and report a fever and cough, we will ask if you have concern for COVID-19. Our best practice is to keep people isolated and limit unnecessary contact. We will not be bringing you into the office if you have recently traveled out of the country or have had contact with people who have recently traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy. This is an ever-evolving situation. As of this moment, we have no confirmation of any suspected cases of coronavirus in Alachua county. Your best protection is to wash your hands regularly and often. Try to keep your hands away from your face. Older people (over the age of 70) and anyone with underlying respiratory disease must be extra careful. Social distancing and limiting group activities is reasonable.