COVID-19

COVID-19 Services

TBCHS is providing most services in office but also offers telehealth services for medical, behavioral health and substance use disorder services. Call (989) 742-4583 and our staff members will assist you in setting up your appointment.

Dental Services are available in our Atlanta and Onaway Health Centers with  teledentistry services available. Contact our Atlanta office at (989) 785-4855 to discuss your dental needs.

Our Atlanta, Onaway, and Rogers City Pharmacies are open Monday through Friday. Curbside Pharmacy Pick-up is available!

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is available at all of our primary care locations. Patients can call the TBCHS COVID hotline at (989)733-6827 to speak with medical staff. Patients will be triaged and screened for testing following the MDHHS guidelines.

All individuals exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call for screening. Thunder Bay offers assistance with insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Procedure

TBCHS requires all patients to be screened for testing. An order may come from an external provider as long as the patient has been screened by TBCHS medical staff.

If the patient is an asymptomatic essential worker, they must present their essential employee letter to the staff at the testing center to be eligible to receive a test.

COVID-19 testing is $100 with a $41.00 collection fee. Patients may require an office visit which varies between $79 – $155 based on the service provided. TBCHS will assist any patient in obtaining insurance if they do not have coverage.

 

What to do after a Diagnostic Test

To get your test results, please check with your healthcare provider.

If you test POSITIVE for COVID-19, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or other symptoms. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.

Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

The link below can be utilized for 10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

If you test NEGATIVE for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not mean you won’t get sick later. This means you could still spread the virus. Know How to Protect Yourself and Others. You should still self-isolate at home until you are 7 days from the onset of symptoms and 3 days asymptomatic/afebrile without OTC medications.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

TBCHS provides complete COVID-19 Antibody testing via a lab draw. Patients must have a provider order to be eligible to receive testing.  Test results are most accurate if the patient is 14+ days post symptom onset. Patients should check with their insurance if this is a covered lab draw for them.

Executive Orders

Although the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was lifted on 6/1/2020 we will still continue to provide essential services as outlined in the executive orders and are continuing to evaluating alternative ways to provide services while keeping our staff and patients safe . We will continue to share updates related to the Governor’s executive orders as we have them.

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