Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

If you develop a cough, fever, fatigue and/or a new onset of shortness of breath, call the office first at 231-775-9741.  We will assess your symptoms and give you guidance on what to do next.

If you develop a cough, fever, fatigue and/or a new onset of shortness of breath before your appointment, call the office first at 231-775-9741.  We will assess your symptoms and give you guidance on what to do next.

The virus is spread through droplets from coughing or sneezing. The virus can live for extended periods of time on different surfaces and can be transmitted from touching hands to your face after touching infected surfaces. The virus can enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth so washing your hands and not touching your face is the first defense.

  • Metal–5 days
  • Wood–4 days
  • Plastics–2 to 3 days
  • Stainless steel–2 to 3 days
  • Cardboard–24 hours
  • Copper–4 hours
  • Aluminum–2 to 8 hours
  • Glass–Up to 5 days
  • Ceramics–5 days
  • Paper–The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.
  • Food–Coronavirus doesn’t seem to spread through exposure to food. Still, it’s a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables under running water before you eat them. Scrub them with a brush or your hands to remove any germs that might be on their surface. Wash your hands after you visit the supermarket. If you have a weakened immune system, you might want to buy frozen or canned produce.
  • Water–Coronavirus hasn’t been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

There isn’t enough supporting information to determine this yet. Like any virus, we should develop an immunity if we get it and beat it but the severity of the illness may play a factor in that. Once again, there is no clear cut information yet on whether you can get it again or not. As soon as we get updated information, we will pass it on.

  1. People aged 65 years and older
  2. People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  3. People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

This is the reason this particular virus is so dangerous. Per the CDC, 1 in 4 people who get the coronavirus may not show any symptoms but are still highly contagious. Some people who have it may not even know they have it. This is why social distancing is being so highly recommended and why states are implementing stay at home orders.

As a virus, there is no specific medication that can treat COVID-19. Supportive medications may be used to manage symptoms. Let your doctor know if your symptoms become severe.

A vaccine is being worked on as a preventative but nothing has been approved for use yet.

If you have not been tested, you are not contagious after:

  1. No fever for at least 72 hours/3 days
  2. All your other symptoms have improved
  3. It has been 7 days since your first symptoms have appeared.

If you have tested positive, you are not contagious after:

  1. No fever for at least 72 hours/3 days
  2. All your other symptoms have improved
  3. Have received 2 negative tests in a row

Always be sure to follow the guidance of your primary care provider. Let them know if you have any questions.

The office is evaluating schedules daily. If a patient falls in the high-risk group, the office is doing its best to call and reschedule those patients. If you don’t get a call, then you are ok to come in for your appointment unless you develop symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath. If that happens, please contact the office for further directions. If you want to reschedule because you feel safer that way, call the office and we will happily take care of that for you.

Please contact the office and we will take a message for your physician. The physicians are typically filling medications for 30 day refills at this time. If the State of Emergency continues past your refill date, call our office for further directions.

Please contact the office and we will take a message for your physician. The physicians are typically filling medications for 30 day refills at this time but if they feel they need to see you, you may be able to do a new TeleVisit. Call our office or check the TeleVisit page on the website for more information.

TeleVisit appointments can be scheduled for patients who may need a follow-up on anxiety or depression, medication refills, pain management, dermatology issues, and anything that doesn’t need an actual hands-on exam. Please call our office for more information or if you are interested in scheduling this type of appointment.

Check out the TeleVisit page on this website, where you will find more detailed information. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to call the office for assistance.

Antibody testing is not reliable yet. At this time, Munson is not recommending it. They are waiting for more reliable data on antibody testing. We are keeping an eye on this and will update as we find out more information.

Location
827 E. Division
Cadillac, MI 49601
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Office Hours
Open 7 Days a Week
Same Day Appointments
Monday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am 1:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am Noon


XRay Hours
Monday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm

Closed
1:00 pm 2:00 pm for Lunch


Lab Hours
Monday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm

Closed
1:00 pm 2:00 pm for Lunch


Telephone Directory
Appointments: (231) 775-9741
Billing: (231) 876-3410
Fax: (231) 775-9333


Emergencies
If you have an urgent medical problem after hours or on the weekend, you can reach the on-call physician by calling the answering service at (231) 775-9741. In case of an acute emergency, go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department at once.

News & Updates

Friday, July 10th 2020

The office will be closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10th, 2020. Normal office hours will resume Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 8 a.m. Sorry for any inconvenience.

4th of July Weekend

The office will be closed Saturday, July 4th, 2020 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Sunday, July 5th, 2020 at 9 a.m. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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