CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATES: What to Know in the Bay AreaMarch 23, 2020
CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — The medical director who oversees five urgent care clinics in Citrus County said he’s frustrated by the lack of coronavirus tests that are available to health care providers.
“We have zero tests,” said Dr. Dacelin St Martin. “We do have a lot of high risk people … therefore a lot of people may not be getting the test due to the rigid criteria that we are currently using.”
Dr. St Martin said his Quick Care Med clinics began turning away dozens of patients last week, that he believes need to be tested for the coronavirus.
“At least 100 but there are more patients that we think are qualified to be tested or that are seeking to be tested and not being tested,” he said. “We definitely need more tests and also equipment.”
For example, Dr. St Martin said one of his patients who recently gave birth to premature twins had someone stay in her home who’s from a coronavirus hot spot state.
“She called me over the weekend and said, ‘Doctor, I think I have the coronavirus.’ I said, ‘Why do you think so?'” Dr. St Martin asked. “‘I was exposed to someone who lives in Washington state and now I have chills and fever and sore throat and I don’t know what to do and I’d like to be tested.'”
St Martin said he told his patient to contact the Department of Health for a test but she was denied because the woman did not fall in the category to be tested.
“This is an example of what we are facing,” he said. “Reversely we tried to find a way to keep this person in isolation for now waiting for the opportunity to test her.”
St Martin said he hopes to have 10 coronavirus tests from a private lab available at all of his urgent health care clinics by the end of the week.
This past weekend, Citrus County saw its first official coronavirus case. The 60-year-old woman’s case is being classified as travel-related.
BY JOSH ROJAS CITRUS COUNTY
PUBLISHED 6:19 PM ET MAR. 16, 2020
The entire staff was very caring. I had my toddler with me and she was a bit rowdy and they gave her crayons with coloring pages and stickers and even a lollipop to help keep her occupied.
My son scribbled on a piece of paper and handed it to one of the woman in the front, saying that is say how his ears hurt, she accepted it and posted it on the artwork wall, when the PA came in to see him he was made to feel like a big deal because he had known about the paper. This is a place where the staff really cares about their patients and go the extra mile for them
Have been there a few times and hey have always been very fast, kind, courteous and welcoming. Always very helpful especially the front desk. The employee Heather helped me with pharmacy, paperwork and everything I needed help with. Only quick care I go too because of her.
I absolutely love our nurse Tiffany. She made our visit so comfortable. I had two very sick little boys who did not want to go to the Dr. She made the at ease in an instant and she took such great care of them. This was at the Quick care on 441 in Ocala Fl. I'll go back to this one because of her. And recommended to all my friends and family. Thanks so much!
A Big THANK YOU, to the Staff at Quick Care Med, in Dunnellon!! My Husband was seen, for a couple different ailments, during his visit,, and the Two Practitioners who worked with Him, were AWESOME! They treated my Big, 200 pound, 6 ft. "Baby",, with Respect, Dignity, and Professionalism, and just the right amount of Calming Firmness!! Lol... he's afraid of Needles, and Doctor Offices, in general and I must say, that GWEN, & DEBBIE, were very good to him! Prices for services rendered, were ve
Great sweet people
I was there yesterday and I've never felt so shocked. The 3 girls I interacted with were the most pleasant and friendly caregivers I've ever dealt with. Idr the rep's name, but she was quick and prompt at taking all my info and with minimal Qs (kinda hard to answer when I have a cold), then Alexis took over. Very sympathetic, nice, and helpful. Then the physician saw me and was charismatic and very funny. Trying to keep me in good spirits. It was like all 3 were happy to be at their posts and to
Anytime, we've ever been there, all of the physicians are very caring and helpful, they don't rush or make you feel unimportant... I wish we could have them as our GP
Very friendly,professional. Very caring of patients.Victoria was excellent. Took time to listen and made you feel comfortable.
We had Zaib Kahn as the provider and NEVER have I seen such a good bedside manner, as they call it! AND he personally called this a.m. to ask how my husband is feeling! (The pharmacy was closed when we left the ofc., and they asked us to allow until 11 to pick up the RXs, but that's NOT YOUR fault ;D I'm thrilled w/ Mr. Kahn's service and may well use your clinic for ALL my medical needs!!!! THANK YOU
Professional staff, caring and organized. Prompt service for DOT related visits.
The absolute BEST! Everyone here is so nice! We've had to come in a few times & they've always taken great care of us. We're usually out within 20-30 min. All the girls up front are very nice & helpful (you don't find that too often), so is the girl that takes your vitals. Dr B is the amazing! He takes his time to listen to what's wrong & always has a big smile. If we could have this office as our primary care location we would