COVID-19What you should know
Associates in Family Medicine is here for you through all of your questions and concerns about the 2019 novel coronavirus. AFM is continuing to provide safe, quality care to the community through virtual and in-person visits.
What AFM is doing to keep you healthy
Don’t put your health on hold. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community. AFM is implementing new precautions and policies to follow state and local guidelines and keep patients, providers and staff safe.
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Separate areas for sick patients
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Separate areas for sick patients
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Virtual Visits at AFM
In an effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and better protect patients and caregivers, AFM has expanded our virtual visit offering to all clinics. New Virtual Visit Urgent Care hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (970) 495-6234 if you are experiencing symptoms, and our staff can guide you through the process to schedule a virtual visit if appropriate.
Learn more about Virtual Visits at AFM here.
New to AFM? Fill out these forms before your virtual visit:
AFM is working with community partners to provide COVID-19, both viral and antibody, testing to the Northern Colorado community. If you have questions about testing, call (970) 495-6234 to schedule a virtual visit with an AFM provider.
To adhere to the Stay-at-Home Order and practice social distancing, all classes and group meetings scheduled at Associates in Family Medicine are canceled until further notice. Check out our virtual classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is AFM open?
Yes! AFM is an essential business because we provide essential care to our community. We are continuing to care for patients in a variety of ways. If you have an appointment scheduled or would like to schedule an appointment, call your office to determine if you should be seen in-clinic or virtually.
What is COVID-19 (2019 novel Coronavirus)?
The COVID-19 is a new strain of a cold virus that was first detected in Wuhan, China. Doctors believe that this new strain of the coronavirus transmitted in ways similar to the flu – through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact like shaking hands or by touching an object that has the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
What are the symptoms of the COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough and shortness of breath). The CDC has extended the list of symptoms to also include chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and new loss of taste or smell. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure.
Call (970) 495-6234 if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Clinical staff will help you find the right path of treatment for any symptoms.
Are there other coronaviruses?
Yes. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold, in people.
Can I get tested?
Any patient that is symptomatic is eligible to get a viral (PCR) test for COVID-19. This test is to determine if you are currently infected. You must have an in-person or virtual appointment with an AFM provider before getting tested for COVID-19.
While AFM doe s not currently recommend antibody (serology) tests, patients can currently get an antibody test. We recommend you schedule a virtual visit with an AFM provider to determine if you should get an antibody test, and were the best testing facility is.
Should I get tested?
Our clinical staff is available to speak with you about any symptoms or concerns you may have and to help determine whether you should get tested. We will assist you in determining the appropriate course of action and plan for care. This may include a virtual visit or an in-person visit to a designated triage location. We may recommend home care advice and self-quarantine with the guidance to keep in contact with your primary care provider if symptoms worsen.
How long does it take for symptoms to display after exposure to COVID-19?
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is suggesting that COVID-19 can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. See more information on COVID-19 from the CDC here.
Who is at risk for COVID-19?
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment wants to emphasize that risk for COVID-19 is based on exposure. At this time, people who are at higher risk are:
- People who have a history of travels to areas with ongoing community transmission
- People who had direct close contact with someone who has confirmed to have COVID-19
I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?
If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak in the past 14 days and you develop a fever, cough, or have shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, call the AFM COVID-19 Hotline at (970) 495-6234 immediately. Tell our clinical staff your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or recently traveled. Please call before visiting an AFM clinic or urgent care.
Is AFM testing for COVID-19?
AFM is working with community partners to direct patients to local COVID-19 testing facilities. The time to receive your results will vary. Your AFM provider will work with you to discuss your test results and determine the best plan for care, regardless of a positive or negative test result.
AFM is not currently recommending that patients get antibody tests for COVID-19.
While AFM is providing these tests for patients, the testing is not happening at our clinics. All COVID-19 testing is offsite and your provider will help you to determine where the best location to get tested it.
How can I help protect myself?
There are several precautions you can take to reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
- Regularly clean ‘high-traffic’ surfaces like counters, door handles and your mobile phone.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than into your hand.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, particularly those with cold/flu symptoms
- If you’re sick, avoid public areas and limit your exposure to others.
- Get a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one this year
How much will it cost to get tested for COVID-19?
Governor Jared Polis has announced a State of Emergency for Colorado as of March 10, 2020 and President Trump has declared a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak. With these announcements, there has been funds directed fight the outbreak. Governor Polis has declared that all COVID-19 tests will be free of charge. You will, however, be billed for any other tests or office visits associated with getting tested for COVID-19. Please contact your insurance provider to identify what types of tests and care your plan covers.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued several travel warnings for international destinations that are experiencing community spread of COVID-19. See the CDC Travel Guidelines here.
What should I do after I return from traveling?
If you have traveled from an area with local spread of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please reach out to the Larimer County Health Department for the next steps.
The LCHD ran be reached by calling 970-498-6775 between 8 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. For after-hours notification, please leave a message at 970-498-6792. Please leave contact information so the LCHD can follow up with you. You can also complete this form.
Can I get COVID-19 from packages sent to me from China?
Viruses cannot live outside of the body for prolonged periods of time. In the perfect conditions, the COVID-19 virus might survive on a surface for 30 minutes. Any packages from China have traveled in extreme temperatures for an extended amount of hours.
Do I need a face mask/cloth face covering?
New research shows that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. With this, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Face coverings should NOT be surgical masks or N95 masks. Those need to be reserved for AFM staff and other healthcare workers that need them.
What should I be more concerned about: COVID-19 or the flu?
At this moment in time, you have a much greater chance of getting the flu over the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 35.5 million people got the flu during the 2018-2019 season. Both the flu and COVID-19 are highly contagious. Try your best to avoid getting sick by washing your hand frequently and following these other steps to help prevent illness.
How many cases of COVID-19 are in Colorado?
Check out the COVID-19 Fast Facts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. These results are updated daily.