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.
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:
COVID 19 Testing Information
There are many places now to get rapidly tested for COVID 19.
If you feel you should be tested for active COVID 19, please call the office. I'll do my best to get you tested in an expeditious fashion; there are multiple options. I am able to collect specimens in the office to be processed at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital and other reference labs.
I am able to test for SARS-CoV-2 IgM and IgG ANTIBODY 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 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.
COVID 19 Vaccine Information
2/25/2021: Currently the State of Texas is allotting most of the COVID 19 vaccines it receives to local hospital systems, as well as cities and counties. They are not sending vaccines to individual physicians, unfortunately.
If you are a patient in any of the hospital systems that are receiving vaccine, these hospitals systems may reach out to you to schedule an appointment for you based on your age and COVID risk factors. If you are not currently a patient with Houston Methodist, UT Health, or UTMB, it may be more difficult to get a vaccine. However, you could schedule an online (telemedicine) appointment with these hospitals in order to show up in their system. (You should be in a hospitals computer system if you have had a test or lab work performed, or seen a physician who is employed by that hospital system.)
The federal government is starting to allot vaccines directly to pharmacies. However, each pharmacy chain (and sometimes individual pharmacies) are using different parameters to reach out to patients to schedule appointments for the vaccine.
If you feel you are high risk for COVID 19 disease complications, and you have not been able to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine, please call the office. We will try to find the most efficient way of signing up for a vaccine.
Links to websites for Covid-19 Vaccine wait lists and information:
** Galveston County refers back to UTMB.