On Sunday, November 15, Governor Inslee announced new restrictions to curb surging COVID-19 cases, focused largely on restaurants, bars and gyms, and banning indoor gatherings. The Governor did not include any limitations on health care services at this time.
The Polyclinic is continuing to provide you with the care you need. It’s important to address any health issues now so they don’t become bigger problems down the road so we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your provider.
Following public health guidance we’ve made some important changes to our clinic operations to keep you and our staff safe. Learn more about our safety measures and how to get care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Should you be tested for COVID-19?
In more than 80% of cases, symptoms are mild, don’t require testing and can be self-managed at home. After you’ve talked to or been evaluated by one of our providers or our Nurse Triage Line, you might be sent to one of our COVID-19 testing sites below. The decision to test for COVID-19 will be made in consultation with a provider.
The Acute Respiratory Clinic at Broadway and Walk-Through Testing will be closed on November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Drive-Through Testing at Madison Center has transitioned to Walk-Through Testing at Broadway, 2nd Floor, for the winter. Walk-Through Testing is quick and easy and typically takes under 5 minutes. Available at Broadway, 2nd floor for patients who are asymptomatic Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm and Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm. Appointment required. Call your primary care provider’s office to schedule. Parking is validated.
Acute Respiratory Clinic at Broadway for evaluation and testing of patients who are asymptomatic and those with moderate to severe symptoms Monday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. No appointment needed.
Video visits are also available for the Acute Respiratory Clinic. Appointments are required for video visits. To schedule a video visit, call 206-860-5393 Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Video visit appointments can be scheduled in as little as 10-15 minutes in advance.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing at the Madison Center lab. This test is intended ONLY to confirm prior exposure or infection due to COVID-19. Talk with your primary care provider if you are interested in getting tested.
Asymptomatic only patients may also be tested at Polyclinic Now and at our walk-through clinic at Broadway. COVID-19 testing for travel or group gatherings require an appointment.
New Visitor Policy
To reduce the spread of infection, The Polyclinic is limiting visitors who accompany patients in the following way:
- One parent for each child or minor; Two parents allowed if the child is younger than two months
- One caregiver for each patient with physical or cognitive limitation or disability
- No siblings of a patient unless they have an appointment
- No visitors with a fever, cough, or breathing problems
Screeners at Main Clinic Locations
Our staff are screening all patients for COVID-19 over the phone and in person based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and King County Public Health. We have added team members at clinic entrances at Ballard, Broadway, Downtown, Madison Center, and Northgate Plaza to screen patients for respiratory illness. Visitors entering the building with patients will also be screened. Screeners will take your temperature and provide masks and hand sanitizer to all patients and visitors. Allow a few minutes before your appointment for screening. Thank you for your patience.
If You Have Symptoms – Call Your Doctor’s Office
To help prevent the spread of infection, we are asking all patients with symptoms of respiratory illness—fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath—to please call us before coming into the clinic. We will triage your condition over the phone and make recommendations on next steps based on your symptoms and our current screening guidelines. Use this guide for navigating symptoms and self-care.
If your symptoms are mild: slight fever, cough, runny nose.
- We may ask you to remain at home to recover.
- Avoid going out in public, but if you must go out, be sure to use good respiratory hygiene: wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer, wear a mask, or cover your cough/sneeze with tissue and throw it away.
- Please call us if your symptoms worsen.
If your symptoms are serious or worsening: continued fever, severe shortness of breath.
- We may schedule a video visit, refer you to one of our testing sites, or refer you to the closest emergency room.
In-Clinic and Video Visit Appointments
Working together with you, providers and staff will use their clinical judgement to decide when it’s appropriate to schedule in-clinic appointments. You may need to be seen in person if your illness or injury is causing significant pain or dysfunction in your daily life or work, or if your condition is either progressing or at risk of progressing and compromising your health.
If you are over the age of 65, we encourage you to schedule your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit by video visit, which can be done from the safety and convenience of your home.
How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
Watch for symptoms. They can appear 2-14 days after you’ve been exposed. They include:
- Fever or chills
- Trouble breathing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Lost of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Be extra careful if you:
- Are over age 60
- Are pregnant
- Have a weak immune system
- Have diabetes or serious heart or lung problems
Protect yourself and others:
- Stay home, if you can
- If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others
- Clean your hands often. Use soap and water or a hand sanitizer