COVID-19 TESTING

Riviera ENT is now offering PCR nasopharyngeal swab testing for COVID-19!

Testing will take place in your car outside of our office, either in front of our 1819 State St building (between Pedregosa St and Islay St) or in the back parking lot accessible from the alleyway on Islay St (between State St and Chapala St).  All ages can be tested, with young children best strapped into their car seats.  We offer appointments every day.

There is a $75 convenience fee per test, payable to Riviera ENT by credit card or cash before the test is performed.   

COVID-19 tests will be sent daily to Pacific Diagnostic Labs for analysis.  Results presently are taking 48-72 hours to return, but this timeframe is subject to change depending on the testing capacity and the numbers of samples the lab receives.  We will include your insurance information with your sample. 

*** Every patient must complete a short COVID-19 intake form before you call to schedule a test. Please CALL to schedule your swab ***

7/13/20 Update:

Because of the overwhelming demand for this testing, we will not be able to call every patient completing forms- please call us to schedule.    

Results will be mailed to you and we will call with positive tests.  You should create a mychart for PDL at https://mychart.sbch.org/mychart/ en Español https://mychart.sbch.org/mychart/default.asp?lang=espanolResults will be available there for you to view or dowload or print- this is the fastest way to get results. If you need to call for results, please wait 3 business days before doing so.

 
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COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Know what to look for:

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.


People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face


Call your doctor or go to the emergency department for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

 
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SÍNTOMAS DE LA ENFERMEDAD DEL CORONAVIRUS

Esté atento a los síntomas

Los síntomas notificados por personas con COVID-19 varían desde aquellos que presentan síntomas leves hasta quienes se enferman gravemente.


Los síntomas pueden aparecer 2 a 14 días después de la exposición al virus. 


Las personas con estos síntomas podrían tener COVID-19:

  • Fiebre o escalofríos

  • Tos

  • Dificultad para respirar (sentir que le falta el aire)

  • Fatiga

  • Dolores musculares y corporales

  • Dolor de cabeza

  • Pérdida reciente del olfato o el gusto

  • Dolor de garganta

  • Congestión o moqueo

  • Náuseas o vómitos

  • Diarrea


Esta lista no incluye todos los síntomas posibles. Los CDC seguirán actualizando esta lista a medida que aprendamos más acerca del COVID-19.

Cuándo buscar atención médica de emergencia

Esté atento a los signos de advertencia de emergencia* del COVID-19. Si alguien presenta alguno de estos signos, busque atención de servicios médicos de emergencia de inmediato:

  • Dificultad para respirar

  • Dolor o presión persistente en el pecho

  • Confusión

  • Incapacidad de despertarse o permanecer despierto

  • Coloración azulada en los labios o el rostro 

*Esta lista no incluye todos los síntomas posibles. Llame a su proveedor de servicios médicos por cualquier otro síntoma grave o que le preocupe.

Llame al 911 o llame antes a su centro de emergencias local: notifique al operador que necesita atención para alguien que tiene o podría tener COVID-19.

(https://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Information to help you stay safe

SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Stay up-to-date on what impact COVID-19 is having in Santa Barbara County, and how to stay safe at the Santa Barbara Public Health Department website

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HOME ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 INFECTION

The following instructions are for people who have positive tests for COVID-19.


It also includes quarantine information for their close contacts, families, or caregivers.


If you are a health care worker or first responder, please refer to guidance from your employer.


If you test positive at a community testing site, urgent care or hospital, inform your medical provider of your positive result.

INSTRUCCIONES DE AISLAMIENTO EN EL
HOGAR PARA PERSONAS CON COVID-19

Las siguientes instrucciones son para personas que tienen pruebas positivas con COVID-19.


También incluye información de cuarentena para sus contactos cercanos, familias o cuidadores.


Si usted es un trabajador de atención médica o personal de primera respuesta, consulte la guía de su empleador.

Si su resultado es positivo en un sitio de pruebas comunitarias, atención de urgencia u hospital, informe a su proveedor médico de su resultado positivo.

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COVID CARE IF YOU DON'T HAVE INSURANCE OR CAN'T PAY

If you have COVID and no primary care provider, you can receive COVID-related health care even if you don’t have insurance or can’t afford insurance or care!

COVID-related health care can be obtained through the Health Care Centers of the Public Health Department of Santa Barbara.  

https://countyofsb.org/phd/health-care-centers.sbc

Health Care Centers (HCC) Main Office Lines

·       Carpinteria HCC (805) 560-1050  

·       Franklin HCC/PATH/Rescue Mission (805) 568-2099

·       Lompoc HCC (805) 737-6400

·       Santa Barbara HCC (805) 681-5488  

·       Santa Maria HCC/Good Samaritan (805) 346-7230

CUIDADO DE COVID SI NO TIENE SEGURO O NO PUEDE PAGAR

Si tiene COVID y no tiene un proveedor de atención primaria, puede recibir atención médica relacionada con COVID, incluso si no tiene seguro o no puede pagar un seguro o atención.

La atención médica relacionada con COVID se puede obtener a través de los Centros de Atención Médica del Departamento de Salud Pública de Santa Bárbara.

https://countyofsb.org/phd/health-care-centers.sbc

Centros de Atención médica (HCC) Líneas Principales de la Oficina

·       Carpinteria HCC (805) 560-1050  

·       Franklin HCC/PATH/Rescue Mission (805) 568-2099

·       Lompoc HCC (805) 737-6400

·       Santa Barbara HCC (805) 681-5488  

·       Santa Maria HCC/Good Samaritan (805) 346-7230

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HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER

This is an excellent set of articles to answer many of the questions you might have about COVID-19.

 

POSSIBLE PREVENTION/TREATMENT TO CONSIDER FOR COVID

Eastern Viriginal Medical School (EVMS) Protocols for Prevention and Treatment (https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/EVMS_Critical_Care_COVID-19_Protocol.pdf

Herbal Medicine

PROPHYLAXIS OF COVID

While there is extremely limited data, the following “cocktail” may have a role in the prevention/mitigation of COVID-19 disease. This cocktail is cheap, safe, and widely available.

  • Vitamin C 500 mg twice daily and Quercetin 250-500 mg twice daily [1-7]

  • Zinc 75-100 mg/day (acetate, gluconate or picolinate). Zinc lozenges are preferred. After 1 month, reduce the dose to 30-50 mg/day. [1,8-12]

  • Melatonin (slow release): Begin with 0.3mg and increase as tolerated to 2 mg at night [13-16]

  • Vitamin D3 1000-4000 u/day [17-24]  

  • Optional: Famotidine 20-40mg/day [25]

SYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS (AT HOME)

  • Vitamin C 500 mg twice daily and Quercetin 250-500 mg twice daily

  • Zinc 75-100 mg/day

  • Melatonin 6-12 mg at night (the optimal dose is unknown)

  • Vitamin D3 2000-4000 u/day

  • Optional: ASA 81 -325 mg/day

  • Optional: Famotidine 20-40mg/day

  • Optional: Ivermectin 150-200 ug/kg (single dose) [26-28] This requires a prescription

  • In symptomatic patients, monitoring with home pulse oximetry is recommended. Ambulatory desaturation < 94% should prompt hospital admission. [29]

  • Not recommended: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The use of these agents is extremely controversial. Notwithstanding, the retraction of the Lancet paper,[30] there is a paucity of data to support the use of these drugs. [31-35] It is possible that the efficacy of these drugs requires the co-administration of Zinc. [36,37]

Daily dose of vitamins
 

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