Original message sent August 10, 2020
The current wave of Covid-19 cases seems to be diminishing. It was definitely a more severe wave with a higher percentage of positive results, but seemed to retreat as quickly as it came at us.
We started back up with the firefighter physicals today after a brief 4 week suspension, we should be back to normal by the end of October. In the mean time we are limiting spouse and retiree physicals as we get caught up with the firefighters, we apologize for this inconvenience. The department has issued guidance on when you will be required to have your physical done by if your birthday is in July, August, September or October, please refer to that memo.
The providers are still requesting you come in a week or so early for pre-visit blood work to make things go smoother, and so that fasting blood work can be done if you have an afternoon appointment for your physical. OSHA forms will need to be completed prior to your visit as you will not be able to use a computer in the facility to complete the required forms. A link will be emailed to you prior to your visit, if you encounter any difficulties please call the front desk.
Again, as last time, we appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult period.
Martin County schools start back up tomorrow so we are seeing those children for school and sports physicals. Palm Beach County schools have not set a firm date for return to the classroom so if those children can wait until absolutely necessary that would be much appreciated.
All other visits such as follow-ups, well child visits and pre-ops are business as normal
A new process we have established for sick patients is to have you wait in your car after check in until your room is ready. And as before all rooms will be sanitized after each patient.
Healthy patients will be asked to enter the building by the side door, which many of you are familiar with by now.
We will continue to put out updates on the situation as necessary. Our best wishes to all of you to stay healthy and as always if you need anything please call.
As a reminder the Wellness Center hours will be 8am-7pm Monday thru Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Remember wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing, wear face coverings when necessary and for those of you on the trucks please use your PPE at all times and practice good hygiene!