Community First ER has SAME DAY RT-PCR Results and Covid-19 Infusions (monoclonal antibody) for Emergency Exposures and symptomatic patients only.
Yes, we now offer the Covid-19 infusion (monoclonal antibody) at both of our Deer Park and Pearland, TX locations.
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses. Casirivimab and imdevimab are monoclonal antibodies that are specifically directed against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, designed to block the virus’ attachment and entry into human cells.
Yes, this infusion helps fight the delta and all other covid-19 variants. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adults and pediatric patients (who are 12 years of age and older and weigh at least 88 pounds), with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing and who are at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, are eligible for antibody infusion treatment
High risk patients include:
- Older age (age ≥65 years)
- Diseases such as kidney disease, immunosuppressive disease, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease
- Neurodevelopmental disorder
- Obesity or being overweight
- Having a medical-related technological dependence
We can administer the infusion to qualifying, eligible patients at time of visit. Our medical team will need to confirm that you tested positive for COVID-19, check labs for contraindications for MaB, and complications of COVID-19. The infusion is given over a two hour period and then we will monitor the patient for any possible allergic reaction (as required for all medications).
Currently there are four variants that are being monitored in the United States. Those variants inlcude: B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), B.1.617.2 (Delta).
If you’re not feeling well and are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we are offering polymerase chain (PCR) testing, or a type of molecular testing that detects the virus’ genetic material. Using a special nasal swab, a clinician is able to collect a sample of fluid or mucus from your throat or nose. We then can test your sample utilizing the BioFire® Respiratory 2.1 (RP2.1) Panel to obtain results quickly in comparison to other testing methods.
If you start exhibiting symptoms of the virus, you understandably want to know soon if you are infected so you can seek the proper medical attention as well as keep your loved ones safe. We strive to make this process as effective and efficient as possible and are available for people presenting with symptoms 24/7.
It is important to point out that the RRT-PCR tests are used to determine if someone is infected early on, and as such, they do not test for the presence of antibodies (immunity) to COVID-19. No testing is 100% completely accurate all the time; however, PCR tests are useful for confirming the presence of an infection in a patient, so they can be mindful of not exposing others to the virus.
“PCR testing provides a good indication of who is infected,” said Dr. Miryala, medical director of Community First Emergency Care. “Individuals who test positive can be isolated and inform the individuals they’ve been in contact with, so they can self-isolate as well. These two components – testing and contract tracing, are essential in getting this virus under control.”
Common ailments mirror the symptoms of COVID-19, and in mild or moderate forms of the virus, it may be difficult to distinguish between it and a common cold, for example. Our utilization of the BioFire® Respiratory 2.1 (RP2.1) Panel not only detects the coronavirus but can also determine if a person’s symptoms are being caused by another respiratory issue in as little as 45 minutes.
As a community, we are all responsible for mitigating the spread of coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a list of simple steps you can take to help the transmission of the disease:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are challenging to maintain.
You may have also heard the recommendation about social or physical distancing. You may consider:
- Working from home instead of at an office
- Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in-person
- Postponing gatherings for the immediate future
No. Community First Emergency Room is not a routine testing center. Our same day RT-PCR testing is for emergency exposures and symptomatic patients only. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we can evaluate, diagnose, and treat you immediately.
Symptoms of the coronavirus include:
- Severe Cough
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chills or shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss or sense of smell or taste
- Abdominal Pain
If you are experiencing symptoms, simply call us and get screened. We are open 24/7. All patients will receive a prompt evaluation by our clinical team and our physician will decide which tests and treatments are appropriate. You will be treated in a comfortable, concierge, and friendly atmosphere.
In the unfortunate event that you do have to visit our facility, we want to assure you that we have taken extra safety measures at our facility to appropriately screen and protect our patients and community.
Anyone with the following symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath are kindly asked to remain by the entrance doors to be given a mask before entering.
Our medical team can provide one-on-one care for your needs, day, or night. Moreover, if any patient has any concerns, doubts, or questions regarding their symptoms, they are encouraged to call our facility and speak to one of our medical staff.
About Community First ER
Emergency health care, especially in the time of a pandemic, is a critical resource. Our commitment is to provide a personal, transparent, and concierge-driven emergency health care experience to members of our community. Locally owned and operated by health care providers and partners we trust, we strive to support and create meaningful relationships with those around us. We exist to put your health and wellness first.