When arriving at The Veranda, please be aware all entering the building are required to bring their own masks. Masks must be appropriately worn, covering both the mouth and nose. We realize masks are in short supply. If you do not have your own purchased or hand-made mask, we will be happy to provide you with one at our costs of $5.00 each. We look forward to seeing you at your upcoming visit.
The Veranda will be taking extra measures to protect our patients and treat our patients during this time. We will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for information updates for Healthcare Professionals to remain up-to-date on the latest information available about the virus and their best practice recommendations.
The early symptoms of the Coronavirus are typical flu-like symptoms with body aches and lethargy. The virus attacks the lower respiratory tract so it produces a deeper cough and fever. Milder upper respiratory symptoms like runny nose and a sore throat are probably from seasonal allergies or more common cold viruses. If you have any of the symptoms of the virus, we will be requiring all patients to wear a mask at all times at The Veranda.
Patients with respiratory symptoms and fever will be evaluated in our outdoor clinic. You will be evaluated and based upon the findings of our provider, may be swabbed for the coronavirus.
Coming soon The Veranda will be providing laboratory draw station in a separate outdoor location. This will allow patients who have preferred a telemedicine visit complete their physician ordered labs in this open air setting.
When making an appointment, our phone staff will advise you more on this procedure.
Due to social distancing, now is the best time to schedule a telemedicine appointment at The Veranda. It's the perfect solution to meet with your doctor from the comfort of your home or office. All of our providers are signed up and ready to help you virtually with your medical needs.
From your desktop, phone, or tablet, you can have a one on one with our provider and avoid the waiting rooms and exam rooms all together. Telemedicine appointments are beneficial for those patients who are showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. But, it’s also a great resource for patients with chronic conditions that need medical advice and don’t want to leave home. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 229-883-7010. You can also request an appointment online through the patient portal or mobile app.
Keeping sick and well kids separated is essential right now. Therefore, we will be offering special hours and special locations for the visits. Please see below and check our website for additional updates.
Monday – Thursday
- From 8:00 am to 10:45 am – Pediatrics will see Well Exams, ADD Follow-Ups, Vaccinations and any non-respiratory illnesses such as constipation, urinary tract infections, joint pains/injuries, abdominal pains etc. We will see these patients in the building in the Pediatric area .
- From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Pediatrics will see all Respiratory illnesses outside under the covered parking pavilion.
- From 8:00 am to 11:30 am – Pediatrics will see only walk-ins and sick visits only. This includes respiratory and non-respiratory illnesses. These patients will be seen under the covered parking pavilion. No well visits on Friday.
- Any Walk-Ins during 8: am and 10:45 am (Monday – Thursday) that have non-respiratory illnesses will be seen by Pediatrics in the building in Pediatric area.
- Any Walk- ins that have Respiratory illnesses will be asked to come back to the office between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to be evaluated under the covered parking pavilion.
For more information:
The Veranda now has the capability to perform in-house COVID-19 Antibody Testing.
Limited Time Walk-Up Antibody Testing at The Veranda
June 8 -11th from 1PM - 4PM
No Appointment Required | Veranda Patients Only
A COVID-19 Antibody test looks for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, which are proteins made in response to a COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are detected in the blood of people who are tested after an infection; they show an immune response to the infection.
The Veranda has chosen to use the FDA-approved Beckman Coulter’s Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) COVID-19 Antibody test. This test will be performed in our own high-complexity CLIA certified lab by our own trained certified lab technicians. In the studies for the Beckman Coulter’s COVID-19 IgG antibody test, the test showed 99.1% clinical sensitivity at day 14 and 100% at day 18. In other words, this is a very accurate test with rare false positives and false negatives with results in 24 hours or less.
For your convenience, there is no appointment needed for the antibody testing and your labs will be drawn in our outdoor clinic area (the covered pavilion on the right of the building) and you will not need to come inside The Veranda.
Important things for you to know:
- This test is conducted via blood draw.
- Masks are required at the outdoor clinic and inside The Veranda at all times.
- No appointment is necessary.
- Results in 24 hours or less. Patients can access results via NEW patient portal account with Priva. If you do not have a portal, you can request a be put on the call list but this may delay you getting your results.
- This test can be filed with your insurance company.
- During walk-in lab testing, we will ONLY be doing the COVID-19 Antibody test and you will NOT be seen by a provider.
- This test is not meant to be used to screen for a current, active COVID-19 infection. If you think you currently have COVID-19, you should contact your doctor for assessment and potential nasal swab testing.
Purpose of the COVID-19 Antibody Test
At this time, the full use of the results of this test is unknown. It is in our opinion that, until a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is available, this is one of the few tools available to us in the reopening of our communities and businesses, as we do not currently know when this pandemic will end. Results of this test should be used in addition to the recommended safety precautions. We do not know if the antibodies that result from COVID-19 will provide someone with protection (immunity) from getting the infection again. If antibodies do provide immunity, we don’t know how much antibody is protective or how long protection might last. Scientists are currently conducting studies to answer these questions. Antibody tests are important for detecting previous infections in people who had few or no symptoms.