The ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues be a trying time for our community, but it is most important to us that you do not experience an interruption in your healthcare needs. Our number one priority is helping you stay healthy, whether you have concern for Coronavirus or another illness. If you are having a serious health issue that is an emergency call 911 or report to the nearest emergency room.
Due to recent urgent changes in the Mississippi regulations for the practice of medicine by your doctor, we have expanded our services to enhance your access to us and your medical needs. We hope to accomplish this by use of our online patient portal and by management of your non-critical healthcare needs by telehealth. However, be wary that you may be sought after by physicians taking advantage of these changes who are not familiar with you or your medical history. We strongly recommend you continue to work with us, The Family Clinic, on your healthcare needs.
COVID Vaccine Information:
- We will offer vaccine appointments and walk ins on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. You may also get vaccinated during your regular appointment with the doctor if you wish. On days that we have extra vaccine that would otherwise be wasted a post will be made on our Facebook page and those doses will be available to anyone who is unvaccinated or is an established patient and would like a booster dose.
- We will primarily offer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but will continue to offer J&J (Jansen) vaccine until our current supply is used.
- About booster COVID vaccines:
- A booster/third dose of Pfizer and Moderna is not currently FDA approved, but is anticipated to be recommended in the coming months.
- The Mississippi State Department of health recommends a booster/third dose of COVID vaccine for those persons who are immunocompromised, the elderly and/or with certain chronic conditions. The decision to get a booster dose is one to be made between the patient and their doctor.
- There is also a recommendation to consider checking a spike antibody level to determine the degree of immunity a patient has to their previous vaccine, but this is not required. Continue reading below about spike antibodies.
- The Family Clinic will only provide a booster/third dose of COVID vaccines to established patients at this time. You should get the same vaccine as what you have already had. If you got the J&J you can get either Pfizer or Moderna
- If our vaccine supply becomes limited we will prioritize doses as follows:
1. Unvaccinated persons
2. Immunocompromised persons on chemotherapy or immunosuppressant medications
3. Persons 65 and older
4. Persons with chronic conditions such as: heart, lung or kidney disease; obesity; hypertension; diabetes
5. High risk work settings such as healthcare workers
- For patients who would like to have their spike antibody checked:
- A lab appointment must be made.
- Results will be published to the portal online once confirmed by the physician and it is the responsibility of the patient to check for the result.
- We recommend you test your portal prior to your lab appointment so the staff can help you with any issues while you are in the office for your appointment
- A booster/third dose of COVID vaccine can be given even if the spike antibody is positive as the test itself is still under emergency authorization from the FDA and it’s accuracy is not fully known.
Monoclonal antibody treatments for high risk COVID positive patients:
- Monoclonal antibody treatments are for patients with high risk conditions or age over 65 to prevent hospitalization and severe illness in patients who have tested positive for COVID.
- You must have an appointment with a provider to have this treatment ordered.
- The treatment is scheduled at OCH Regional Medical Center.
- If you test positive, please call to let us know, so we can evaluate your criteria as soon as possible. The sooner the treatment is given the more effective it is.
In general we recommend you practice good social distancing and hygiene:
- If you have a chronic or immunocompromising condition and/or you're over 65 avoid leaving your home unless absolutely necessary
- Avoid areas where more than 10 people are gathered
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20-30 seconds or an alcohol based hand sanitizer often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- As of July 26, 2021 the Mississippi State Health Department and CDC recommend use of masks in public places, such as grocery stores. If you must go to a location like this, it should only be out of necessity and you should complete your trip as quickly as possible.
If you think you have Coronavirus or have been exposed to Coronavirus:
- Symptoms concerning for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are fever, cough, shortness of breath, stomach upset and change in your sense of smell or taste.
- Call the clinic for instructions. Our staff is prepared with a screening questionnaire that a doctor will review to determine what type of appointment you need.
- Testing for Coronavirus is readily available. Given the high potential for false negatives we currently recommend and offer a PCR test if you think you have symptoms of COVID or have been exposed.
If you have symptoms of any illness:
- Please call the clinic or send us a message on our patient portal. We will provide instructions to you based on your symptoms.
- Avoid going to the emergency room for non-emergent visits. Call first.
- Stay away from others, especially the elderly or those with chronic conditions.
Instructions on visits with us:
- We are taking precautions for your health and safety. We have made many changes in the clinic and our procedures. It is important that you follow any instructions given to you by our staff.
- ALL patients are being screened with the same questionnaire prior to any appointment at this time. Please answer the questions honestly.
- Please CALL BEFORE any appointments, we will still have same day appointments available, but it is very important we know you are coming before you arrive.
- If you have a routine followup scheduled we will have some availability to continue to offer visits by video.
- Non-urgent visits, like wellness only visits, should be delayed until case numbers are lower. If you are unsure if your visit is considered non-urgent, please call.
- For video visits we will make every effort to contact you at your appointment time; however, we still have patients and responsibilities in clinic that may delay your visit. Be assured that if you have a video or phone visit scheduled WE WILL contact you before the day is over.
- ON ARRIVAL to the clinic, we now ask that everyone remain IN YOUR CAR. Once you have parked please call 662-323-3162 and remain in your car until you are given further instructions.
- The employee parking behind the building and the east parking lot, both off Brandon Road, have been designated for sick patients. When you arrive, remain in your car and call 662-323-3162.
- The front parking area and the west parking lot, both off Hospital Road, have been designated for regular followup patients without respiratory or abdominal upset illness. When you arrive, remain in your car and call 662-323-3162.
Chronic conditions that put you at risk for Coronavirus:
- Heart disease (history of heart attack or heart failure)
- COPD or Asthma
- Kidney disease
- Autoimmune conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or crohn's disease
Medications that may put you at risk for Coronavirus:
- Other biologic or immune modifying medications (many end in "mab")
Ways to reach us:
- Call the clinic directly, but please be patient. We expect the phone lines will be busier than usual, but will be making every effort to keep them open and may be calling you from unfamiliar numbers. Please check your messages often. See our contact us page for more details.
- Use our patient portal. If you are not enabled for the portal, all we need is your email address.
- Use the Healow app you can download to your phone via Apple or GooglePlay
- If you have an urgent need after hours and need to speak with the doctor on call, please call 662-323-3162
Examples of activities to AVOID:
- Group gatherings of 50 or more people
- Sleep overs
- Athletic events
- Workouts in gyms
- Non-essential workers or visitors in your home
- Mass transit systems
- Concerts or crowded shopping areas
Examples of activities where you should use caution:
- Visiting local restaurants or grocery stores
- Picking up medications or take out
- Traveling to any location
- Visiting any public location
Examples of activities that you can do safely:
- Take a walk or go for a hike
- Yard work
- Spring cleaning in your home
- Read a book or listen to music
- Cook a meal
- Family activities at home
- Movie night or game night
- Group video chats
The Family Clinic
Traditional Family Medicine
501 Hospital Road Starkville, MS 39759
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Lab opens 8:15
Closed for staff meetings Thursdays from 8-9am
IF YOU NEED AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL AHEAD