Cornerstone Family Practice develops long-term plan

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Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, Cornerstone Family Practice Clinic in Guttenberg will see both well patients and ill patients, with a separate designated clinic space for patients not feeling well.

The current process of drive-thru screening was a temporary response to COVID-19. With the safety of all patients and the community a top priority, a long-term plan has been developed to screen patients with symptoms of influenza, strep, RSV, COVID-19, etc. in the Guttenberg clinic. The Guttenberg clinic space will look different, with added barriers and additional protection of staff, to ensure the safety of both well and ill patients.

Only well patients will be allowed in the waiting area. Ill patients will wait in their vehicle and be ushered into the ill clinic area. All patients, both well and ill, must make an appointment to be seen by calling 563-252-2141 to schedule.

Patients to be seen in ill care clinic: Those with flu symptoms; strep symptoms; earache; cough; shortness of breath; fever; chills and/or repeated shaking with chills; severe headache; sore throat; loss of sense of taste or smell.

Patients to be seen in the well care clinic: Medication refills; minor injuries or lacerations; sprains; well child exams and immunizations; annual physicals; behavioral health; dermatology; blood pressure checks; health coaching and routine lab draws

In addition, Garnavillo and Edgewood Cornerstone Family Practice clinics will be opened regularly scheduled hours for well care visits only.

GMHC will continue to have a designated phone line for patients to contact a nurse about symptoms and the best way to seek care.

"We are committed to providing safe options so all of our patients get the care they need," said a spokesperson.

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