Specialized professionals working the frontlines of the coronavirus by offering COVID-19 testing
Your Doc’s In (YDI) was founded in 2005 by Dr. Walter D. Gianelle, an experienced ER physician and former pararescue team member in the United States Air Force, to provide professional, compassionate and individualized care to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Eastern Shore communities. Its award-winning urgent-care clinics are led by a team of board-certified physicians and medical specialists who provide treatment and relief for as many as 90,000 patients at its six regional locations annually.
Your Doc’s In also offers cost-effective and comprehensive occupational health services to support local employers, including physicals, drug and alcohol screening, flu shots
and worker’s compensation care. YDI knows that keeping all employees (D.O.T. workers, factory workers, etc.) safe and healthy during this time is a key part of our local recovery.
Today, its highly specialized and dedicated professionals are working the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic by offering COVID-19 tests to those who meet mandatory guidelines. Your Doc’s In, through its strategic partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, is also set to convert its South Salisbury Drive location to a dedicated COVID-19 drive-thru testing site. For those who meet the CDC symptom-criteria guidelines and have a referral from their primary-care provider, Your Doc’s In personnel will administer enhanced swab testing while patients remain in their vehicles. Results will take about 45 minutes and will determine the subsequent protocol for each person.
This new COVID-19 test, according to Dr. Gianelle, provides greater sensitivity, accuracy and efficiency and will improve effectiveness from 70% to 98% — dramatically reducing the number of false-negative tests and further infections.
“We are dealing with a virus that is very contagious, with a very prolonged incubation period,” Dr. Gianelle said. “Exposure is nearly impossible to contain and would require martial law in order to do so. My theory is that we need to protect those at the greatest risk, which includes our elderly, those in nursing homes, those caring for elderly family members at home and those employed at nursing homes and in our healthcare fields. In doing so, they need to be tested frequently, so we can capture results from those who are infected and keep them from exposing others.”
Dr. Gianelle believes the COVID-19 will continue to spread throughout the summer months and that as many as 200,000 people could die from the virus worldwide. For those with a medical history of any respiratory ailments or a suppressed immune system, COVID-19 is their biggest concern.
“The outcome data, which is very important to examine, is that most people — children and young and healthy people — are doing fine, according to University of Maryland statistics. Ninety-nine percent of healthy people will get over it,” Dr. Gianelle said.
Your Doc’s In continues to operate its clinics for those requiring urgent care. Patients who would like to be seen but want to minimize their exposure are encouraged to make an appointment online through its website. At the appointed time, if there is a wait inside, one can remain in their vehicle, if preferred. This applies to walk-in patients, too.
If you suspect you may have contracted COVID-19, call Your Doc’s In or your primary-care physician to obtain further information. Follow CDC protocol and remain in your home for two weeks.
“We will get through this,” Dr. Gianelle said. “Everyone needs to remember that.”