AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care and Urgent Care now offer COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for testing. It is providing the testing in Galloway Township in Atlantic County, Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County, and Berlin in Camden County, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather-permitting.
Testing is by appointment for individuals who have a prescription from an APG Primary Care or Urgent Care provider after being seen in the office or through an AtlantiCare Telehealth visit.
“Members of the community who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider to be evaluated,” Interim Medical Director Mary Ann Yehl, D.O. said. “Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. However, in many people, symptoms are so mild they might not recognize they are sick with COVID-19. Even if you don’t have noticeable symptoms, you can spread the virus. If you feel unwell – including if you are extremely tired – it is important to call your healthcare provider.”
Yehl said keeping regularly scheduled primary and specialty care visits and seeking care for other illnesses and injuries is also important.
“Alert your healthcare providers to changes in your overall health. This is especially critical if you have a chronic condition, including heart disease or diabetes. Our providers and staff can schedule virtual visits, meet with you in the office, and/or refer you to additional care if necessary. For emergencies, including symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, dial 911. We are here for you and are prepared to care for you safely. Ignoring symptoms or putting off care could jeopardize your safety and well-being.”
Individuals can schedule a virtual Primary Care or Urgent Care appointment by calling the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 and learn more by visiting www.atlanticare.org/telehealth.
AtlantiCare also offers a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline for those who have questions about coronavirus. The number is 1-888-ATLANTICARE (1-888-285-2684).