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Office hours:  Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  

We may be closed at lunch from 12-1.  When we are not in the office, the main office phone number is forwarded to Dr Dolle's cell phone (where you may leave a message).  We will return your phone call as appropriate based on urgency. 

 

COVID-19:

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, please CALL the office and Dr Dolle will help you decide the best way to be tested. 

If you are having severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, go to the local hospital emergency room nearest you or call 911.  

I have found the following websites to be helpful RE: COVID 19:

Harris County Health Dept  

Texas Dept Health

COVID Tracking

COVID Data

CDC.gov

COVID 19 Testing Information

Quest Diagnostics is now running blood tests for the COVID 19 SARS-CoV-2 virus IgG Antibody.  The blood test requires a blood draw and the test turn around time is expected to be 3-5 days.  I do not yet know the lab fee for the test.

I am able to test for SARS-CoV-2 IgM and IgG with a fingerstick test in my office; the results are available in several minutes. Please call the office if you would like to have this test performed.

Current information regarding the utility of currently available SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing:

  • The SARS-CoV-2 Antibody test has not been reviewed by the FDA.  

  • Negative results do not rule out acute SARS-CoV-2 infection.  If acute infection is suspected, direct testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus is necessary, generally performed by naso-pharyngeal swab.  

  • Results from antibody testing should not be used to diagnose or exclude acute SARS-CoV-2 infection.  

  • Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43 or 229E.  

  • Positive SARS-CoV-2 antibody does not guarantee future immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 disease COVID-19.

 

More information about antibodies and testing:  

The best time to have this test performed is 2-6 weeks after any symptoms that suggest a patient has had COVID 19.  Or, 2-3 weeks after exposure to a known case of COVID 19.  These are the people I think should be tested first.  

If you are interested in having the antibody test performed, please call the office. If you have ACTIVE COVID 19 symptoms, we need to discuss how you should be tested BEFORE you come to the office, so as to keep the office a safe environment for as many patients as possible. 

Here is a link to a video about the reliability of antibody testing, especially in an area where the level of disease activity is low.

Link to Graphic about Antibody Testing and Timing

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