Wildwood Coronavirus Update Tuesday, January 5, 2021:
During these challenging times, one bright spot is the regulatory approval of the COVID-19 vaccines. While things are looking positive, it is important to remember that there are still several steps to go before vaccines will be widely available to the general public.
We understand people are eager, but Wildwood is NOT keeping a waiting list for vaccines. We kindly ask that you do not call the clinic for information about COVID-19 vaccine availability at this time. This helps keep our telephone lines open, and reserves staff time for patients calling who are experiencing active symptoms or have other acute care needs.
Federal, state, and local authorities, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), determine who will receive the vaccine first. The vaccines will be given in “phases” that focus on specific groups of people. Right now, the first phase to receive the vaccination are the medical and emergency workers at the highest risk of exposure. This is to keep as many healthcare workers healthy and available to care for patients.
As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups. As of now, we do not know when COVID-19 vaccines will be widely available, but we will communicate these important updates to our patients through MyChart messages, and on our website as soon as they are available.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact your Wildwood provider via phone, MyChart or schedule a Telehealth Visit.
Telemedicine visits are still available and can be a great option if you don’t want to come to the clinic.
If you are having cough, fever, sore throat, congestion, or trouble breathing, or headache and want to be seen, call us to set up an appointment, either virtually or in person.
We are able to do nasal swabs (to check for active infection) and blood tests (to look for prior infection) for adults and children of all ages. However, our swab results have been taking up to 5 days to come back and we can only test on Mondays and Friday afternoons if you aren’t being seen here for an office visit. We are working on solutions to the lag time and hope to have faster results soon.
We recommend you consider going to the Alliant Center for testing. Local authorities are doing an excellent job of testing people ages 5 and up. You don’t need an ID, it’s free, and results are usually back in 2 days. Wait times there vary.
Information about testing at the Alliant Energy Center is below and, of course, we do strongly recommend all our patients wear masks and practice social distancing. Please note that most health conditions do not warrant an exception to these recommendations.
Information on what to do if you are exposed to COVID or have symptoms is below. Stay safe and Take Care!
If you are exposed to COVID: