Frequently Asked Questions
Thrive Medical Clinic will no longer be able to provide COVID-19 vaccines please check with large retailers such as HEB, CVS, Walgreens and more 3/13/2021
Are you offering antibody testing for COVID-19
Yes, we are testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies, the pathogen associated with COVID-19. This is a blood draw that requires a face to face visit after meeting with a physician.
Blood-based serology testing may assist in the identification of persons who have previously been exposed to the virus and developed an immune response with IgG antibodies. These may be detected as soon as 7 days after exposure. This test may be used as an adjunct to clinical history and presentation. A word of caution, it is still not clear what level of antibodies confer immunity to this virus or if there is any immunity to this virus post exposure. This test simply helps guide us in certain clinical situations to determine if someone may have had COVID-19 in the past.
What is COVID-19?
A viral infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that originated in Wuhan, China. This virus has since spread worldwide to include the Austin area.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Published reports note flu-like symptoms as the most common complaints. These symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, there are reports of patients having very few symptoms who have tested positive.
Is Thrive Medical Clinic Testing For COVID-19?
Yes, we are actively testing for COVID-19. We do not allow patients who are being ruled out for COVID-19 in the building. We are currently doing telemedicine visits and then seeing patients in their cars to swab them and send them home.
How is Thrive Medical Clinic Preforming The Tests?
We are encouraging all patients who believe they may have the virus to schedule a telemedicine visit with Dr. Venghaus or Dr. Crear. If the doctor orders a COVID-19 test kit test, we will instruct the patient to drive to our parking lot, park in a designated spot, and not leave your car. We will then come down to you, ask you to roll down the window. One nasal and one oral swab will be taken. Once testing is done, patients can then return home for medical quarantine while under investigation. Results should return within 3 days.
What is Thrive Medical Clinic doing to keep patients safe who come into the office?
Any patient who has symptoms concerning for COVID-19 will be initially seen as a telemedicine encounter. Patients with active disease will be kept clear from any of our non-acutely ill patients.
Our staff is wearing masks to minimize the chance of staff getting infected. We are sanitizing rooms, door handles and other equipment after visits. We also have spread out visits to minimize the chance of two patients being in the same area such as the waiting room. If a patient would like to wait in their call, we can call the patient once the room is ready for them to come upstairs.
We are encouraging patients who can be seen via telemedicine to set up a telemedicine encounter instead of coming into clinic.
How do I set up a Telemedicine visit?
When booking an appointment online, we will call you before your visit to ask if you would like to see one of the doctors as a telemedicine appointment. The online bookings will now be for either telemedicine or face to face visits. One a patient books, we will confirm what type of visit will occur.
Patients can also call us at 512-697-7090 to set up a telemedicine appointment.