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Last updated 3/26/2021 1245AM

Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Use the CDC Symptom Checker

Want a COVID test? Call our office, we perform drive up rapid COVID testing 5 days a week at our Brandon location.  Contact us at 813-681-5658 to make a virtual visit or request testing.  Non-patients or patients whose insurance plans have elected to non-cover testing in physician offices are directed to contact the Hillsborough County call center at (888) 513-6321 or click here to schedule your test ONLINE. More information is available at the county website. For more information on testing, please schedule a virtual visit with us.

COVID Vaccine information from the US CDC and Florida DOH

UPDATED COVID VACCINE INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS:

LINK: FLORIDA ONLINE VACCINE LOCATOR

Eligible persons for local, state, and federal sites are covered by Florida Governor Executive Orders.

Currently (since MONDAY, March 20, 2021), the following people are now eligible to receive vaccines in Florida:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons **50** years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees of any age;
  • Others deemed “extremely vulnerable to COVID-19” by their physician
    • Patients of Cornerstone that meet this category should schedule a virtual or office visit to review with a licensed provider for further guidance and to receive the completed form from our physicians that are required by the vaccination sites.

As of MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2021, the following persons will be eligible to receive vaccines in Florida:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons **40** years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees of any age;
  • Others deemed “extremely vulnerable to COVID-19” by their physician
    • Patients of Cornerstone that meet this category should schedule a virtual or office visit to review with a licensed provider for further guidance and to receive the completed form from our physicians that are required by the vaccination sites.

As of MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021, ALL adults (18 years of age and older) are eligible without a note or prescription from your doctor.   Patients under 18 should contact their physician for more information.

NOTE:  If you have Florida Medicaid you are eligible for free transportation to your vaccination, click here for the AHCA flyer.

NOTE:  If you are eligible but are homebound and cannot travel to a vaccination site, use the Florida Department of Emergency Management online survey registration to receive the vaccine at your home:

https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/981e561ca7f84b33a6ddcb3fa61cd575

Contact the Florida Department of Emergency Management for more information:

HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com

 

Use the FLORIDA ONLINE VACCINE LOCATOR link for more information and to schedule, our contact your county health department.

                Hillsborough:     http://hillsborough.floridahealth.gov/                     813-307-8000

                Pinellas:               http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/                              727-824-6900

                Polk:                      http://polk.floridahealth.gov/                                     863-519-7900

                Pasco:                   http://pasco.floridahealth.gov/                                  727-619-0300

                Manatee:             http://manatee.floridahealth.gov/                            941-748-0747

                Statewide:           https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/                             866-779-6121   

Cornerstone Medical Care is a registered and has been approved as a CDC VFA site and will receive allocations of vaccines at a later date.  At this time we do not have specific information as to when vaccines may be distributed through our offices, so we encourage that if you are eligible and can obtain the vaccine through the links above that you do so.

Patients with questions may contact the 24 hour COVID-19 Call Center run by the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121 or may make an appointment with our providers to discuss in further detail. 


We want our patients and staff to know that during this very difficult and unprecedented time in human history that the professional medical and support staff of Cornerstone Medical Care is here for you.

We are prepared, we have a plan, and we are executing that plan.

We have returned to regular office operations using a carefully planned, phased approach to reduce the risk of infection spread to our patients and staff.

Patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms prior to making office appointments and prior to entering the office. Masks are required for all patients and employees. For patients that have symptoms, or for patients that are more comfortable avoiding the office, we continue to offer virtual visits at a variety of times and days to make it convenient for you to see our providers from the comfort of your own home or work.


COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (in effect until further notice):


Office hours and visits. We will continue our regular operating hours and continue scheduling all visit types, including wellness, complete physical examinations, and screening tests with increased capacity. To promote distancing and to provide enhanced cleaning for infection prevention, we have adjusted schedule times and locations of providers. We have reduced the required administrative burden from our check in process to speed time from arrival to exam room.


Virtual Visits. Virtual visits are two way audio and video visits that let you see your doctor or provider from the comfort of your house. If you are feeling sick, are concerned about coming into the office, or just prefer the convenience of not traveling to the office you may schedule a virtual visit. We have expanded hours with early morning to late evening hours available to serve you.


In Office Screenings and Masks. When you arrive at our clinic, you will be subject to temperature checks and screening about any exposure and symptoms you are experiencing that might be related to COVID-19. We encourage visitors to wait outside or in their cars, but if you do bring a caregiver, they will undergo the same screening. Everyone will be provided a mask to wear and this mask must be worn at all times while in our facility. Our staff will also be wearing masks to maximize infection prevention.


Enhanced Infection Prevention. We have installed sanitizer stations at each patient and employee entrance and all reception areas. We have removed pamphlets, brochures, and magazines, and are using frequent sanitation procedures that meet or exceed ANSI, EPA, and CDC recommendations. Physical barriers and distancing markings will remain installed and enforced during this phase. We have installed a high volume filtration and disinfection system that constantly cleans and disinfects recirculated air in all facilities.


Connect with us electronically. We encourage you to sign up for our patient portal where we can send and receive information securely. We will be adding services over the coming weeks to speed up the process of your visit which will include optional pre-visit registration from home and virtual check in which will allow you to bypass the reception area and go straight to a private examination room. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about this and other news.


A cautious, careful approach. While we are all anxious to have things "get back to normal" we believe that a systematic, phased, and gradual approach, informed by our physician leadership, guidance from federal, state, and local officials, and feedback from you are all integral to long term success. We are optimistic that in time and with everyone's efforts that we will surmount the pandemic and emerge a stronger, more prepared society. We remain prepared to respond to the challenges and are steadfastly committed to delivering confidence and compassion by providing you with exceptional, comprehensive, and personalized healthcare today and tomorrow.

Information for Patients

  • Do you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • If so, please CALL US FIRST 813-681-5658 before you come to the office
  • Virtual and phone based visits are available so you may see a clinician using your phone or computer without leaving your home.

Stay Informed: 

Latest News

It appears that the majority of individuals infected show no to mild signs of the virus. The vast majority of individuals with coronavirus will not need to visit their doctor.

As anticipated, the virus appears to be more severe in the elderly, the frail and those with underlying chronic medical conditions.

We know that coronavirus is spread through direct contact with droplets from someone who has the virus. Droplets can be spread through a cough or a sneeze.
Evaluate your symptoms. Common symptoms are fever, cough, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and feeling tired. Some people have no or very mild symptoms, and others feel very ill.

If you think you have the virus take these steps:

  • If you are younger than 65, are otherwise healthy, and have very mild symptoms, please stay home and avoid others. Be sure to get enough rest and enough fluids.
  • If you are older than 65, if you have other problems like diabetes or asthma or heart disease, or if your symptoms are severe, please call us at 813-681-5658 or send us a message through our patient portal.
  • You should also contact us if at any time your symptoms are worsening.
Call your doctor if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19 OR you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Check the CDC for the latest list of areas.
If your symptoms are severe, seek emergency care or call 911. Call the Emergency Room in advance or tell the 911 dispatch operator that you think may have been exposed to COVID-19 and describe the symptoms you are experiencing.

COVID-19 Testing

Most counties offer testing to anyone that wants it.  Refer to the Florida Department of Health for testing instructions by county. In most cases, testing is free but an appointment is necessary.

Virtual Visits and
Secure Online Messaging

During this time you may feel more comfortable consulting your care provider from the comfort of your home. With video visits you may schedule an appointment with a provider which will take place on your phone, tablet or other compatible device. We require that all patients take advantage of this option to avoid travel outside the home and to avoid being in contact with healthy people such as other patients, members of our medical staff, and the general public. During your virtual visit, your provider will evaluate the need for follow up treatment at our office or another healthcare provider.

Another option is to type in your symptoms and upload photos using our secure patient portal. An Cornerstone provider will review the information and provide a diagnosis or further recommendation.
  • Prevention is our best defense!
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds if possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay Informed

Payment and Policy Info

  • Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and many commercial non-Medicare plans allow telehealth (remote visit from home) during the pandemic emergency
  • Some commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid plans are covering the cost of the COVID-19 test where indicated without copayment, deductibles, or prior authorization requirements
  • Many commercial and Medicare Part D plans allow for additional 30-90 days supplies of chronic medication. Contact your commercial or Part D plan for details. We can also fill a 90 day mail order supply in most cases early without prior authorization requirements
  • COVID vaccines are funded by the federal government and the vaccine and administration are at no cost to any patient or non-patient whether insured or not

Information for Employees

See information on the company intranet, contact your supervisor, or review: http://www.cmcb.com/operational-status/

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