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The evidence is clear
COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and effective, and the path leading out of the pandemic. We must vaccinate not just to protect ourselves and families, but to protect the elderly in our community who are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 2 years and older should properly wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public in areas where the COVID-19 Community Level is high, regardless of vaccination status.
On-island COVID-19 testing is available to Clinic patients. There are basically two kinds of viral tests available. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
We currently offer COVID-19 testing with a saliva PCR test, a molecular test that detects the virus’s genetic material. This is a test for active infection. You perform the test at home and ship the sample via FedEx Express. Results are usually available in one to three days. We also have rapid antigen testing, which involves a nasal swab and tests for active infection. We perform the rapid tests in a designated area outside.
COVID-19 Testing at the Clinic: At a Glance
|Test Name||Purpose/Use||Method of Collection||Time Until Result||Reliability|
(how often the test is accurate)
Detects viral proteins
|Use in the first 1-5 days of symptoms|
(Best used in those that are ill)
|Nasal swab||15 minutes||Negative result|
Follow with PCR for confirmation.
Detects viral RNA
|Use in symptomatic or for asymptomatic (exposure or after travel)||Saliva||1-3 days||“Gold standard”|
95% accurate in those that are ill
|Can be less accurate if done early in illness or early after exposure.|
COVID-19 Weekly Testing Statistics
COVID-19 in Florida
Find out the activity level of COVID-19 in Florida using Florida’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard (Web Mapping Application), which provides the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases by county
The Florida Department of Health website also has data available by zip code: Check our zip code 33921
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Every infection counts as a chance for new variants to emerge and we all need to continue to do our part to help prevent the spread. The Clinic recommends following guidance of the CDC:
- Get vaccinated and stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid poorly ventilated spaces and crowds.
- Test to prevent spread to others.
- Wash your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly or as needed and after you have visitors in your home. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Monitor your health daily.
- Follow recommendations for quarantine. If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19: follow CDC’s recommendations for quarantine.
- Follow recommendations for isolation. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms: follow CDC’s recommendations for isolation.
- Take precautions when you travel.