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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Public Health reopening clinic services suspended during COVID-19 pandemic

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LAWRENCE – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has reopened limited clinic services by available appointment to help treat patients, including those experiencing sexually transmitted diseases and to give immunizations. 

All visits will be available by appointment only scheduled by the clinic’s front desk staff. 

For STD patients, only the client being seen by the nurse is to come to the appointment. We also ask all patients to wear a mask or cloth face covering to the visit and to practice social distancing, including waiting in their vehicle or outside the building before notification to come in for the appointment. If a patient is feeling symptomatic, including having a fever, they should not come to the appointment. 

“We want to offer as many services as we can to the community during this time, both in a way that is safe under the stay-home order and public health directives and with being able to still redirect some of our staff to help with our COVID-19 response,” said Director of Clinic Services Linda Craig. 

Immunization appointments are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginning April 27, the clinic had reopened immunizations for pregnant mothers to receive a Tdap vaccine and children younger than age 2 to receive immunizations, and as of May 11, nurses have resumed all immunizations. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and clients should call the front desk, 785-843-0271 to make an appointment. 

STD appointments for symptomatic patients can be scheduled as same-day appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays by calling the front desk.  

As of May 11, other clinic services that have resumed by appointment are tuberculosis tests, well woman exams on Friday afternoons and pregnancy tests.

WIC, Healthy Families Douglas County and Healthy Dads of Douglas County have remained open through this time to work with client remotely.

"With so many families experiencing lost jobs and financial hardships, more people than ever will qualify for WIC," WIC Supervisor Christine Ebert said. "We’re seeing clients remotely as it is important to still practice social distancing."

Douglas County residents with questions about COVID-19 can call Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s hotline at 785-856-4343 or email info@ldchealth.org