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COVID-19 TESTING

1/17/22:  We are pleased to offer 2 options for  COVID-19 testing!  Each are suitable for most travel destinations.  

1.  PCR nasopharyngeal swab testing with results in 24-96 hours (depending on lab test time- greater during surges), tests run at Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories.

2.  Abbott ID NOW molecular testing on nasopharyngeal samples (NAAT- nucleic acid amplification technology) with results in 15-60 minutes, test run on-site at Riviera ENT.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE ARE STRICTLY A TESTING FACILITY.  IF YOU HAVE A POSITIVE TEST, MEDICAL CARE SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY YOUR PRIMARY DOCTOR, URGENT CARE, OR FOR EMERGENCIES AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.  WE DO NOT OFFER TREATMENT FOR COVID 19 AT RIVIERA ENT.

Testing FAQ:

What kind of COVID-19 testing is offered?

  • We perform nasopharyngeal swabs, which are sent for PCR testing to identify active COVID-19 infection. This is the most reliable test available, which involves passing a swab into the back of the nose.

  • The test is performed by our skilled and compassionate nurse.

  • Swabs take place outside of our office in the back parking lot. The lot is accessible from the alleyway on Islay St, between State St and Chapala St. Turn in at the sign that says 16W Islay Apartments.

Who can get a test?

  • We test all ages, including children. Young children should be kept in their car seats for the test.

  • Testing is available for symptomatic patients, recent exposures to COVID, for work or travel or event requirements.

  • We now offer after-hours or on-site group testing for additional fees; please contact the office to discuss further if interested.

​When can I get a test?

  • We offer appointments Monday through Friday. 

  • Please complete our secure online intake form and call our office to schedule.

  • If it is your FIRST SWAB with us, click HERE to complete the form. For RETURNING SWABS, click HERE. You may also use the links below.

  • Because of the overwhelming demand for COVID-19 testing, we will not be able to call every patient completing forms. Please call us to schedule an appointment.  

Does the test cost any money?

  • There is a $75 non-refundable convenience fee per PCR test and $150 non-refundable convenience fee per rapid NAAT test, payable to Riviera ENT by credit card or cash.

  • Payment must be collected before the test is performed.  

  • Currently, most insurances are covering the laboratory costs of PCR testing. For those without insurance, the laboratory costs are typically covered by the county, but a driver's license is required by the lab to process this. This office is offering testing as a service and will not submit tests to your insurance though you will have a receipt if you need one to submit to your own insurance company. 

Where do I go for my swab?

  • Please arrive on time for your appointment to prevent delays for other patients

  • If you have not yet paid for your swab, please come to the door and call us at 805-327-6673 to pay with our front office before your appointment time

  • We ask that patients park in our back lot. See our main page for directions and instructions

  • Please call the office when you arrive to indicate you are here. We will provide further instructions at that time

  • Swabs are performed in a sheltered area outside our office. The area is sanitized between each patient

Where are the swabs sent for testing and when can I expect my results?

  • PCR COVID-19 tests will be sent daily to Pacific Diagnostic Labs for analysis.  Results presently are currently taking 24-96 hours to return, but this timeframe is subject to change depending on the testing capacity and the numbers of samples the lab receives. The lab requires that we include your insurance information with your sample.

  • NAAT Abbott ID-NOW Rapid Molecular tests are run at Riviera ENT by trained personnel.  We estimate results in 15-60 minutes depending on how many tests are being performed at that time. 

How do I find out my results?

For PCR testing:  

  • Due to high volume and demand, the fastest and easiest way to see your results is to check your Epic My Chart (same as Cottage Hospital)

  • Patients will be contacted by a staff member when results are available; please be sure your voicemail box is not full in case you are not able to answer.  We will email you the results as well; please be sure we have your email to do so.  If you need a hard copy it can be picked up at the office in person during routine business hours. 

  • Positive results will be contacted by phone and reported to the County Public Health Dept in accordance with state law.

For NAAT Abbott ID-NOW Rapid Molecular Testing:

  • We will run the test shortly after the sample is obtained.  Only one test can be run at a time and it takes 15-20 minutes. We estimate results in 15-60 minutes depending on how many tests are being performed. 

  • Patients will be contacted by a staff member when results are available; please be sure your voicemail is not full in case you are not able to answer.  We will email you the results as well; please be sure we have your email to do so.  If you need a hard copy it can be picked up at the office in person during routine business hours. 

  • Positive results will be contacted by phone and reported to the County Public Health Dept in accordance with state law.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 1/17/2022

Dear patients,


For the most current information about COVID-19 rates in Santa Barbara County, click here

County Public Health Officer Order of January 2, 2022

*This Health Officer Order No. 2021-10.8 Supersedes and Replaces Health Officer Order No. 2021-10.7

As of December 20, 2021, the community transmission level of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County is categorized as “High” based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Indicators. The significantly more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of COVID-19 is the predominant strain in Santa Barbara County, while SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) is emerging as the predominant strain in the US.


To control the spread of COVID-19, this Health Officer Order orders all individuals in the County of Santa Barbara – whether vaccinated or unvaccinated – to wear a Face Covering at all times in all Indoor Public Settings, and while inside any Business, with limited exemptions, and recommends that Businesses make face coverings available to individuals entering the Business.

The full Health Officer Order can be found by clicking here.

Our community's practice of medicine has been forced to change in light of this major world event, and we will continue to evolve and change policies as time goes on in order to keep our patients and our community safe. At this time elective surgeries are still being scheduled. Patients will be tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery.

We stand with you, and wish you an abundance of health and happiness.


Dale Amanda Tylor, MD, MPH

Stephanie Culver, MD

Riviera ENT

 
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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

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

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

  • County-wide statistics

  • Public health orders and recommendations

  • Testing info

  • Holiday guidance

  • Facts and FAQs

  • Other important COVID-19 safety information

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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.