COVID-19

Unorthodoc and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“Wash your hands and open your hearts.”

UNORTHODOC IS STILL OPEN, providing safe, sane, accessible health care through the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. We are still enrolling new members* and families if your care was less than stellar elsewhere during this crisis.

*We can currently only accommodate new members under the age of 50 – scroll to the bottom of this page for explanation.

What we are doing to protect you (and ourselves): Unorthodoc has been set up to do remote visits since we opened in 2015. Currently, we are in the physical office a few times a week to do the things we can’t do remotely. Many of those visits can still be done from the car. When we must bring people into the office, we bring in only one person/family at a time and decontaminate our surfaces after each patient. We meet you at the door and escort you in, so you do not have to touch door handles, etc. We’ve taken up all the toys, books and magazines in the office. We’ve installed a portable sink in the exam room for your comfort and so you can also see us wash our hands before and after exams, as well.

UPDATE on NC COVID symptoms, testing, and recommendations:

Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms.
    • Get tested immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not have symptoms, you should wait at least six days after your last known exposure to COVID-19 before you get tested.
  • Groups of some of the populations with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected. People in these groups should get tested if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms.
    • People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp).
    • People from historically marginalized populations who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This fact sheet provides best practices for community testing in historically marginalized populations.
    • Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.)
    • Health care workers or first responders.
    • People who are at higher risk of severe illness.
  • People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others.

Most people who get COVID-19 recover without needing medical care. If you are experiencing severe, life threating symptoms (for example, severe difficulty breathing, altered thinking, blue lips), seek immediate medical care or call 9-1-1.

If you are sick, presume you are infectious with something that is unlikely to be coronavirus, but will still scare everyone as much as if it were coronavirus. Contact us or your  own doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

EMERGENCY warning signs for COVID-19:

Seek medical attention immediately if you or your housemates have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Mainstay Advice:

  1. Stay home (with certain exceptions).
  2. Wear a cloth mask that completely covers your mouth and nose. Here’s why it matters.
  3. Wash your hands frequently, and keep them away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Use hand sanitizer that is at least 62% alcohol when soap and water are not available in all instances where you would otherwise need to wash your hands.
  5. Observe distance when you’re being social. Put at least 6 feet between you and the next closest person.

Stay Informed:

North Carolina Health Department

World Health Organization

Centers For Disease Control

Places to get tested for COVID-19:

  1. Unorthodoc can do COVID PCR nasal swab testing ($120) and blood antibody testing ($50) for members.  Our lab currently has a 2 day result turn around though that expands and contracts as the number of NC cases change.
  2. No-Cost Community Testing Events coordinated by NC Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. College students: If you live at or near your college, you can often be tested for free at your student health center.
  4. MedFirst Chapel Hill – has the rapid test, less accurate but faster. If you test negative there but believe you had an at risk exposure 6 or more days ago, retest in 24-48 hours.
  5. FastMed  Chapel Hill
  6. IndyCare Hillsborough
  7. CVS pharmacies and Minute Clinics
  8. Walgreens pharmacies
  9. UNC COVID-19 Hotline: 888-850-2684, available to patients in need of screening or treatment advice.
  10. Duke Health COVID-19 Hotline: 919-385-0429, option 2 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days a week)
  11. NC COVID-19 Hotline: 866-462-3821 (open 24 hours, 7 days a week). For non-emergency COVID-19 questions: Call 211 or text COVIDNC to 898211

* Special Apology to potential patients age 50 and above: As of January 1, 2018, Unorthodoc has filled all it’s available memberships in this age group. We are grateful to these members for both teaching and understanding the importance of time and relationship in medicine and now turn our attention on the generations that may never have experienced this.

Similar membership-style Internal Medicine practices that we recommend:

In or South of Chapel Hill/Carrboro: Dr. Todd Granger

In Durham: Dr. Kenneth Stone

In Raleigh:  Dr. Inaam Schneider , Dr. Ben Fisher, or Dr. Suji Park-Idler.

Similar membership-style Family Medicine practices that we recommend:

In Durham: Dr. Taineisha BoldenDr. Matt Hong;

In Raleigh: Dr. Zane LapinskesDr. Amy Walsh or Dr. Soon Kwark, Dr. Patrick O’Connell,

In Cary: Dr. Tammi WatersDr. Camtu Karrenbauer

In Apex: Access Healthcare;

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