Update on COVID-19

By March 25, 2020 News

Stay Home – Work Safe Order Effective 11:59 PM on March 24, 2020

Mayor Adler issued a stay-at-home order for the city of Austin. This new order states people may leave their residences only to perform “Essential Activities”, to work in or obtain services from an “Essential Business” ,”Essential Government Service”, or in “Critical Infrastructure”, or to engage in “Essential Travel”  or “Minimum Basic Operations”. Please read through the order to understand which activities are considered essential and which are not. These are steps that promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Potential COVID-19 Treatments?

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments or preventive vaccines for COVID-19. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) has placed restrictions for prescriptions of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and another anti-malarial drug, mefloquine due to the shortages of these drugs. Shortages of these drugs have a negative effect on patients who need it. At this time, physicians are not allowed to prescribe these medications without a clinical diagnosis. Please refer to this official document from the TSBP for more information.

Due to the shortage of azithromycin, we will prescribe this medication exclusively to patients who can only take this medication due to drug allergies.

Office Hours for Partners in Health

Our office hours will remain the same. We have postponed all routine appointments and we are currently not accepting walk-ins. All illnesses are first evaluated with a virtual visit, which include but are not limited to: phone call, text, email, FaceTime or video chat. For other general consultations, please contact our office by phone at (512) 453-3542 or by email at info@partners-in-health.com. Please remember that Dr. Rhodes is available to our patients outside of our office hours by directly contacting her cell phone or email.

To stay up to date with the most recent guidelines from the CDC, please visit this website.

We thank you for your continued cooperation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.