COVID -19 Information for our patients: Last updated 08/28/20
The Providers and staff of Associates in Family Practice are committed to the safety and well being of our patients. For the safety of our elderly and immunocompromised patients we ask that if you feel you have been exposed to Covid-19, PLEASE DO NOT come into the office.
Anyone entering the office for any reason must have a FITTED FACE MASK covering their nose and mouth. Bandannas and makeshift face coverings are not acceptable. If you do not have a proper face mask, you will not be allowed entry into the office.
We are not able to do testing in the office at this time.
***All families should have a working thermometer on hand***
We are seeing our routine and healthy patients in the morning and scheduling sick patients in the afternoon in order keep all of our patients as safe and as healthy as possible during this Pandemic. Our reception area and exam rooms are sanitized multiple times throughout the day. The exam rooms are sanitized after every sick patient visit.
If you feel that you are not able to come into the office for an appointment, our Providers are now able to provide Virtual Visits via video chat on our secure and encrypted platform. You will need a device (either “smart” cell phone or computer) that has a camera and microphone in order for the program to work correctly. At the time of your scheduled appointment a link will be sent to either your cell phone or your email – depending on the device you are using for the visit. A video visit will be submitted to your insurance company just like an “in office visit”.
Patients who have concerns that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Montgomery County Health Department or the Maryland Department of Health for testing. On the call you will be screened to determine the need for testing. The tests will likely be nasal swabs that are then sent to a laboratory.
Montgomery County is allowing patients to order and schedule their own Covid-19 tests. You MUST be a Montgomery County resident to utilize this site. Please click on the link below for information and scheduling.
Montgomery Co. Department of Health 240-777-1755;
after Hours 240-777-4000.
Maryland Department of health 410-767-6700;
FLU SEASON 2020/2021
We will be administering Flu Vaccines for the 2020/2021 season the first week of September. We will have Flu clinics every Friday afternoon from September 4th through October 30th.
Please call the appointment line to schedule your appointment. We will offer the High Dose Vaccine for patients over 65, Flublok** for patients aged 18 – 64, the Quadrivalent Vaccine for patients 3 to 17 years, and the Pediatric Vaccine for 6 to 35 months. Please ask the staff if you have any questions.
Make sure you and your family stay healthy this year – vaccinate!
**Flublok is the egg free vaccine. Data from the 2017-2018 Flu season indicated that patients who received the Flublok vaccine had higher resistance to the influenza virus and had less instances of contracting the flu. We made the decision this flu season to administer the Flublok vaccine to all patients ages 17-64 years in order to provide as much protection as possible.
If you receive your flu vaccine at a pharmacy or other facility MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST RECEIVING THE QUADRAVALENT VACCINE! Most pharmacies are only offering the TRIVALENT vaccine which is not as effective and provides less coverage.
NO CO-PAYMENT REQUIRED!
2020 HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day
July 3, 2020 – The Fourth of July
September 7, 2020 – Labor Day
November 25, 2020 – Closing at noon
November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 2020 – Thanksgiving Extended Holiday
December 11, 2020 – Closing at 3:30 for Office Christmas Party
December 23, 2020 – Closing at noon
December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve
December 25, 2020– Christmas Day
December 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve
January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day