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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. Because the Delta and Omicron variants can infect vaccinated people and COVID-19 cases are very high, the CDC recommends masking indoors and social distancing to protect each other and stop the spread of this virus.
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.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
Outpatient monoclonal antibody therapy is currently being offered at the Tringali Center in Englewood. Monoclonal antibody therapy can reduce hospitalization by 60-80 percent. Patients do not need to provide a positive test result or have a physician order, and can simply sign up online themselves. Criteria to receive this therapy and to sign up is available on the Monoclonal Antibody Website.
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.
- If you have not been vaccinated, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Following guidance of the CDC, get the booster shot as well.
- 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 crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Monitor your health daily.
- Test. If you have symptoms or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, get tested. Best practice indicates taking a COVID-19 test at day 5 after exposure.
- Isolate. If you’ve tested positive and have no symptoms, isolate for five days, then wear a mask around others for at least five more days.
- Quarantine if exposed. If you are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and have not had a booster shot, quarantine for five days, then strict mask use for an additional five days. If a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that you wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. If you have received your booster shot, you do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but you should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.