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Posted on: January 4, 2022

COVID-19 Resources. Information from AdventHealth.

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AdventHealth has requested the City of Lake Wales share the following communication.

AdventHealth physicians say the community’s best defense against the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is more contagious than previous strains even among those who are vaccinated, is for those who haven’t received COVID-19 booster shots, to get them. 

“Those who get boosted will have dramatic reduction in the need for hospitalization,” said Dr. Neil Finkler, Chief Clinical Officer for AdventHealth Central Florida. “Get yourself boosted, get your loved ones boosted. It’s the No. 1 thing you can do.” 

After months of stable COVID-19 infection numbers, AdventHealth is seeing the impact of the Omicron variant as it spreads through our seven-county Central Florida community. The daily positivity rate at AdventHealth Centra Care clinics has increased to a record high, and the number of hospitalized patients with the virus is also rising.

“It’s very similar to what we’ve seen in previous surges where we’ve seen the community positivity rate start to rise and it’s about a two-week lag before we see hospitalizations – that has now started,” Finkler said. AdventHealth’s medical leaders don’t expect Omicron to create a surge of severe cases like the Delta variant did in August, but our hospitals are prepared for an increase. 

Below are insights on the latest COVID-19 information  and more details on AdventHealth’s response efforts.


COVID-19 TESTING & TREATMENT

Where to go for testing: 

  • The Florida Department of Health publishes a list of COVID testing sites located throughout the state 

 

  • Emergency departments should be reserved for medical emergencies, such as severe symptoms, difficulty breathing or worsening symptoms, including a fever, that are not responding to over-the-counter medications. 


Who should get tested: 

  • Those who have been exposed to COVID, but do not have symptoms - do not need to be tested. 

 

  • Those who develop symptoms should be tested, and  if positive, isolate for at least five days to protect others who could be more vulnerable to the virus. 

 

  • The Florida Department of Health publishes a list of monoclonal treatment sites throughout the state

 

  • AdventHealth has a limited supply of monoclonal antibodies, and a physician referral is required.

 

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

We encourage you to use the following resources for your top COVID-19 questions and concerns:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines: Vaccines are readily available at multiple locations. Visit Vaccines.gov

 

  • COVID-19 Testing: Rapid COVID testing is offered at all AdventHealth Centra Care locations. Only go to the emergency department if you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing. Find a location near you and reserve your spot in line with this online booking tool

 

  • Coronavirus Vaccine Resource Hub - AdventHealth launched a Coronavirus Vaccine Resource Hub and includes everything from FAQs, latest news and information on the AdventHealth vaccine team and our scientific committee. Visit CoronavirusVaccineFacts.com to learn more about the vaccine.

 

  • If you have questions about COVID-19 or wonder if you should be tested, call the free AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line at 877-VIRUS-HQ (877-847-8747). You can also find information at CoronaVirusSignsAndSymptoms.com

 

  • Donation Hub - For ways you can help, including sending notes of encouragement to our caregivers, as well as virtual volunteering opportunities, please click here

 

  • Mental Health - If you, your family, or colleagues, are in need of emotional help during this uncertain time, the Heart of Florida United Way 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line is connecting residents with information about available resources in the Central Florida community. Whether it’s finding out the location of the nearest food pantry or seeking information related to the virus, 211 Call Specialists are there to help. 

 

  • Virtual Visit Options - AdventHealth Virtual Visits are available now for primary care, pediatrics, and specialty care, as well as physical therapy. In the comfort of your home, you can speak with a medical provider by a video visit or phone call.

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