AFC Urgent Care Watertown and Arlington are helping to provide COVID-19 Testing to help fight the global pandemic.
Please call our location at 617-923-2273 before coming in for COVID-19 testing.
COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020, which is now flagged as a major public health concern in the United States. For patients, it is imperative to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials.
AFC Urgent Care Watertown is here to provide you with the best sources of information from leading healthcare agencies, and frequent major media updates. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!
Important Update: We are offering COVID-19 testing for patients. Make sure you call our clinic in advance to determine your best treatment option. We will evaluate you, test for influenza, and contact the Mass DPH if appropriate. Our provider team can collect samples and send to our third-party reference lab for testing if deemed necessary by our providers. You may also be tested for influenza at the same time. The current test results turnaround time is 7-10 days but may change in the upcoming days.
Please call 781-648-4572 in advance to alert the team!
The current CDC guidelines for testing can be found here, which are helpful for evaluating your risk of COVID-19.
However, patients that don’t meet the clinical guidelines as a likely match for COVID-19 can still be tested for seasonal illnesses. The common cold and flu have similar symptoms to COVID-19: Sneezing, coughing, and fever.
COVID-19 Resources for Patients
Use the following links to find fast and available information about COVID-19 locally and globally. The following resources provide daily updates about COVID-19:
COVID-19 Prevention FAQs for Patients:
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. In fact, the CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to the flu and common cold Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
- Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!