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Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is working with the local community and state health officials to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Information rapidly changes, for in-depth information trust a credible source such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In an effort to slow the spread of respiratory illness, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is asking patients to minimize the number of visitors brought with you to our clinics. Patients can utilize the Patient Portal to send a message to your provider or call us during regular clinic hours.

For the safety of our patients and staff, attend your appointment alone if you are able.  Visitors are limited to one per patient at all of our clinic locations.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness spread through close contact with an infected person.  Symptoms range from mild to severe and include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath

Older adults and individuals with chronic conditions such as heart, kidney or lung disease are at greater risk of complications.

What to Expect at Our Clinics

We have made some adjustments to our processes and are following recommendations set forth by the South Dakota Department of Health and the CDC.  You may notice some changes, but rest assured we are taking the necessary precautions to protect the health of patients, staff and all who enter the clinic.

  • Phone screening of patients before scheduling appointments.
  • Screening everyone who enters the clinic for fever and COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Visitors are limited to one per patient.
  • Our staff is wearing appropriate protective equipment.
  • Exam rooms are available based on patient condition.
  • Telephone office visits are available.
  • Virtual office visits are available.
  • Three registration stations are located on the main floor of Yankton Medical Clinic to maintain 6 feet between people.

What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

Good personal hygiene is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  If you think you have been exposed and have symptoms, call your health care provider and stay home unless directed to seek medical attention.  Follow the advice of your health care provider.

  • CALL your health care provider BEFORE going in to be seen
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact of anyone who is sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your cough or sneeze (and then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Avoid groups of 10 or more people
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet between people

What Do I Do if I think I Have COVID-19?

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Resources for More Information

Centers for Disease Control

South Dakota Department of Health

Nebraska Department of Health

 

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COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms can be mild or severe and similar to other respiratory illnesses.  Your risk will depend on travel to areas with an active outbreak or contact with someone with a diagnosed case of COVID-19.

Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough

If you are experiencing symptoms AND have traveled to an outbreak area, call your health care provider.

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