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Staying Safe for Summer Travel

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Are you tired of looking at the same four walls? Is the dog park the most exciting place you’ve visited recently? Do you even remember where your passport is? If any of th...

Staying Safe for Summer Travel

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Are you tired of looking at the same four walls? Is the dog park the most exciting place you’ve visited recently? Do you even remember where your passport is? If any of these questions feel too real, then you are like most of the world right about now. Last August, after only a few months of the pandemic, a survey conducted by American Express found that 48% of Americans reported feeling “anxious and stressed” because they could not travel. It’s easy to imagine how much worse we’re feeling now, as we head into a second summer of COVID-19 restrictions and travel concerns. For many Americans though, the itch to get-up-and-go mixed with the comfort of being vaccinated and declining rates of infection means: It’s go-time!

After more than a year of feeling stuck at home, it looks like the travel industry is in for a robust summer season. In March of this year, the American Automobile Association (“AAA”) reported that 84% of American travelers have plans to travel in the next six months. (This figure came from the most recent Longwoods International study which tracks American travel trends globally.) For folks who are contemplating or already booking travel, there are a few new terms to add to our travel lexicon:

  • Vaxications” are celebratory trips for those who are, or plan to be, vaccinated, and these happy getaways are booming! According to Trafalgar Tours USA, a U.S. travel agency, 64% of all international travel is booked for this summer, with the UK, Ireland, and Italy being the top three destinations.
  • Revenge Travel” refers to travel enthusiasts who are booking “Bucket List” trips after more than a year of confinement. These big-spenders are going all out on vacations-of-a-lifetime and leaving no regrets as they jet, sail, and set off around the world.

“Many Americans and those around the world had their vacations altered or outright canceled last year, so they are all looking to satisfy their travel itch at the same time,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer travel journal and planning guide.

Now that you’re well-versed, passport in hand, and ready to roll out the door, let’s talk about health and safety while traveling. The single most important and most protective thing you can do is get vaccinated. In April, the CDC gave the green light to vaccinated individuals to travel and wander safely, which is a pretty amazing “Hall Pass,” if you ask me.

Whether you journey near, far, or not-just-yet, remember the basics: “Wash (your hands often), Wait (six feet apart), Wear (your mask).” and also consider these simple, straight-forward, best practices for safe travel this summer:

  1. Stay Outdoors. The risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 outside is very low. So, when in Rome, spend more time at the Roman Forum than in the Sistine Chapel (although both are breathtaking).
  2. Always Bring Hand Sanitizer. Even if you’re vaccinated!
  3. Travel with Your “Bubble.” These are close family and friends with whom you have spent the last year holed up inside the family room playing Monopoly™. I know you’re sick of them. I, too, am weary of my people. But with a change of venue, your parents, children, cousin Moe, and Grandpa Joe will shed their “Pandemic Personas” as “property tycoons” and “railroad barons,” revealing the loving, kind, interesting, and downright funny people you once loved.
  4. Stay 6 Feet Apart from People Who Are Not in Your “Bubble.” Yes, I said it. Because it matters. What’s a “Bubble” you ask? Re-read number four…

Finally, before you head off, remember to plan ahead and confirm COVID-19 testing requirements for your destination location, airline, or other mode of travel. All Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers offer rapid (approximately 15 minute) NAAT COVID-19 tests and send-out PCR tests on site (approximately 24-48 hour turnaround time). Additionally, our centers are Certified Hawaii Safe Travel Testing Sites! Learn more at GoHealthUC.com/north-carolina/travel-testing.

“Welcome!” is a warm and wonderful word in any language. Bienvenidos! Willkommen! Bienvenue! Tervetuloa! Vitejte! Mahalo! And wherever you are, stay safe and be nice.

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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests are available to customers at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the state

CHARLOTTE– APRIL 27, 2021 – Novant Health-GoHealth Urgen...

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests are available to customers at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the state

CHARLOTTE– APRIL 27, 2021Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, serving the community with on-demand care since 2018, now provides more COVID-19 testing options at centers in North Carolina. Individuals and families who are planning travel - a road trip, flying to visit family and friends or preparing for any excursion, will have greater access to PCR or rapid molecular COVID-19 testing at a nearby Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center to provide peace of mind before traveling.

American Airlines, with a major hub in Charlotte, has identified Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care as a trusted testing provider to make it easier to prepare for trips with 21 centers in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

Travelers in North Carolina have flexible options for both pre-test evaluations and the tests themselves at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers. The clinical evaluations and tests can be completed in a number of convenient ways:

  • In-person, either by saving a spot online or just walking in, at a local Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center;
  • Through a virtual clinical evaluation online with a provider, followed by a quick in-person test

 

Results for the COVID-19 PCR test are provided in approximately 2-3 days and the rapid molecular COVID-19 test results are available in about 15 minutes.

Kirsten P. Jones, North Carolina regional president at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, said, “We understand the importance of safety especially with travel opening up again. This is why we are focused on providing our communities convenient access to testing when travel is required.”

Patients seeking COVID-19 testing or care can save their spot online for convenience, and walk-ins are always welcome. In addition to centers throughout Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Virtual Visits provide unparalleled access throughout North Carolina. Visit https://www.gohealthuc.com/nc for more information on services, including COVID-19 testing with Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, and to find a convenient center.

 

About GoHealth
GoHealth Urgent Care is one of the country’s fastest-growing and most technology-forward on-demand care companies. At GoHealth, we provide unparalleled experiences that are effortless, personal and connected through partnerships with market-leading health systems and our communities as a whole. GoHealth operates approximately 160 on-demand care centers in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hartford and South Eastern Connecticut, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and Delaware. GoHealth Urgent Care is a TPG Growth portfolio company, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has more than $103 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.gohealthuc.com.

 

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 29,000 employees that provide care at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes' Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of "Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work." Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org.

 

Media Contact
Simone McDowell, on behalf of Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care
simone@magentacommunications.com

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

 

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! It’s time to talk about summer camp and sports—topics that go hand-in-hand with warmer seasons. Whether...

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

 

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! It’s time to talk about summer camp and sports—topics that go hand-in-hand with warmer seasons. Whether your child is shooting hoops with friends in the cul-de-sac, or playing on a travel soccer team, injuries happen. Most of us remember spring and summer as a time for fun in the sun, cannonball contests, capture the flag, camp songs, and s’mores. Digging deeper into your memories may evoke a few less “made-for-TV” moments, like mosquito bites, bee stings, sunburn, dehydration headaches, and sprained ankles. With some simple planning, it’s easy to create a “perfect” summer experience for your kids and, of course, YOU!

It’s time to start looking at summer camp and sporting options, as sessions and teams can fill up quickly once registration opens. The YMCA offers a wonderful variety of camps for children from preschool age through teens, half-day, full-day, and sleep-away, sports and arts, and everything in-between. In addition to these, there are county Parks & Recreation camps and sports leagues, community pools with swim teams, and plenty of “meet-up” opportunities for adults looking to participate in summer athletics. Most summer camps require campers to provide a copy of a recent physical exam. If you’re short on time, or just can’t fit in an appointment with your child’s primary care provider, sports and camp physicals can be done at any Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care location; There are dozens of locations from which to choose. For more information and to save a spot for your child’s sports and camp physical, go to www.gohealthuc.com/nc.

Now, let’s talk about summer safety and injury prevention. I may work in urgent care, but I’d rather not meet you there. The not-so-obvious dangers of summer are the heat and sun. If not prepared, almost anything can turn into a medical issue. To prevent problems, apply sunscreen before leaving the house. It takes 20 minutes or longer for sunscreen to absorb into skin and protect you. Then, and this is important, re-apply every 1-2 hours throughout the day, because water, dirt, and sweat wash sunscreen off, leaving your skin vulnerable. Remember that all your parts need coverage, so don’t forget: ears and nose, neck and toes!

Next on the critically important list is water. Our bodies can never get enough of it, and in the summer we need even more. Fluid loss from heat, direct sun, sweat, and breathing harder (because of all the playing!) can lead to dehydration quickly. Some early signs of this may include headache, dizziness, reduced frequency and/or amount of urine, darkening of the urine, and a dry mouth. If these occur, get to the shade, drink water, and rest. Keep the clear fluids going until your symptoms improve, then head inside to take it easy. Electrolyte “waters” (sport drinks) are good for replenishing important salts and fluids that are lost with serious sweating, but the best way to stay hydrated is to drink water throughout the day and eat healthy snacks, such as carrots and hummus, apples and almond butter, and crisp, cold dill pickles that crunch!

Moving on to injury prevention - it’s important to remember to stretch and warm up your muscles before taking the field or coming off your mark. It may be hot outside, but your muscles require gentle and progressively longer stretching to warm up, become pliable and limber, and to reduce the risk of tearing (called a muscle strain). This is true after the game too, when your body is recovering from the bursts of energy it has given. It’s easy to do! Find a shady place to drink water and do recovery stretches, and you’ll find that you experience less muscle soreness and cramps (the dreaded “Charlie Horse”) and increased flexibility and endurance each time you play.

While you’re stretching out your muscles it’s the perfect time to also warm and loosen up your joints. These bony intersections are full of complex structures (called ligaments) designed to support and react to every kind of motion. A sprain is a tear in one or more ligaments of a joint, and even a simple one can take a player out of the game for weeks. Protect your joints before and after play by taking them through full Range of Motion exercises. These include rolling, extension, and flexion. Every joint is unique and it’s best to take them through all possible movements before starting intense play. The very best way to protect your joints is to build strong muscles around them! For instance, strengthening your upper and lower leg muscles (quads, hamstrings, calf) takes the burden off the knee joint itself, and reduces the chance of a knee sprain or other knee injury.

Last but certainly not least important for having a healthy summer is critter control. Mosquito and insect bites can ruin an otherwise great day, and these annoying little attacks to our skin can lead to some serious infections! Wear insect repellent every day. If you’re going to be in the woods or exploring marshes, deep grassy fields, or other wilderness environs, then always wear a hat and lightweight long sleeves and pants. North Carolina is a hot spot for deer ticks, which carry not only Lyme Disease, but a few other not-so-fun tick-borne illnesses. These include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), and a few others with scary names and difficult treatment. Have a partner, parent, or buddy check your body and scalp every day for ticks, because the sooner you remove them the less likely they can harm you.

Are you ready for some fun, now?! Too scared to leave the house? Don’t be. “Perfect” summers can still exist for us and our children, but it never hurts to have a health and safety refresher. Even if you do everything right, remember that injuries, bug bites and blisters happen. If you aren’t certain about a situation regarding your health, seek medical attention. Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facilities are staffed with experienced healthcare providers and all the best equipment to serve your urgent medical needs. Our centers offer on-site medications, X-ray, splinting and management of orthopedic injuries, wound care, and more. And, we’re here for you every day of the year!

Learn more at GoHealthUC.com/NC.

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Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Teams Up with the San Francisco Giants to Provide COVID-19 Testing for Returning Fans

 

Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Teams Up with the San Francisco Giants to Provide COVID-19 Testing for Returning Fans After testing at a Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center, ticket holders with negative COVID-19 results within 72 hours of gameday will be able to attend ...

Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Teams Up with the San Francisco Giants to Provide COVID-19 Testing for Returning Fans

 

Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Teams Up with the San Francisco Giants to Provide COVID-19 Testing for Returning Fans

After testing at a Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center, ticket holders with negative COVID-19 results within 72 hours of gameday will be able to attend home games at Oracle Park, along with fully vaccinated fans

SAN FRANCISCO – April 8, 2021Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has teamed up with the San Francisco Giants to offer COVID-19 testing as they welcome fans back to Oracle Park beginning with the home opener on April 9. The dedicated testing process offered by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care follows a public health order issued by the San Francisco Health Officer, allowing up to 22 percent venue capacity for attendance by fans who can show a negative test result or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Daryn Kumar, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of Dignity Health's Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, said, “As the longtime healthcare provider for the Giants, we’re excited to play our part in reopening Oracle Park for fans to witness the first pitch of the home opener. With rapid molecular COVID-19 testing available at our GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the Bay Area, we’re able to offer convenient options and accurate results so Giants fans can feel confident and safe attending every home game this season.”

After purchasing their tickets, Giants fans will receive a link to schedule a brief virtual visit with a Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care provider. Once the virtual evaluation is complete, they will book an appointment for a rapid COVID-19 test at a convenient, nearby center. For non-vaccinated fans, results will be posted on a confidential Patient Portal. All ticket holders without proof of full vaccination (defined as at least two weeks beyond second immunization) must receive a negative COVID-19 result within 72 hours of gameday and be prepared to show printed or mobile test results upon entry to Oracle Park.

Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care, said, “We really appreciate the opportunity to team up with the Giants. This offering is a natural extension of the broader support that Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has provided to the Bay Area throughout the pandemic—from launching rapid COVID-19 testing over a year ago and pre-flight COVID-19 testing at San Francisco International Airport, to our return-to-work support, including onsite testing and virtual care options for local employers, and now enabling Bay Area fans to get back to the things they love.”

For more information on COVID-19 testing available through Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers in the Bay Area, please visit: https://www.gohealthuc.com/bayarea.

 

About Dignity Health Bay Area Hospitals

Dignity Health’s four accredited, not-for-profit hospitals in the Bay Area – Dominican Hospital, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Sequoia Hospital – have received national recognition for superior safety and quality. Each is dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience, investing in their communities, advocating for the underserved, and delivering quality, affordable health services to anyone in need.

 

About GoHealth

GoHealth Urgent Care is one of the country’s fastest-growing and most technology-forward on-demand care companies. At GoHealth, we provide unparalleled experiences that are effortless, personal and connected through partnerships with market-leading health systems and our communities as a whole. GoHealth operates approximately 160 on-demand care centers in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hartford and South Eastern Connecticut, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and Delaware. GoHealth Urgent Care is a TPG Growth portfolio company, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has more than $103 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.gohealthuc.com.

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