If you are sick, or require a PCR test for travel or return to work purposes, you may get tested at our Urgent Care Main
, Urgent Care South
or XpressCare Highlands
locations. Rapid and PCR testing is available. Otherwise, we encourage patients to utilize the at-home test kits
that are readily available at local pharmacies. Watson Clinic no longer offers appointment based COVID-19 testing.
Please note: There are out-of-pocket and lab processing fees associated with return to work and travel-related testing.
Watson Clinic offers COVID-19 vaccines for adult patients who are 18+ years of age at Watson Clinic Main
by calling 863-680-7190. Pediatric patients who are 6 months to 4 years of age by appointment only at our Watson Clinic South Pediatrics
department. Call 863-647-8012 to schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit the following links:
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infection that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
The Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to visit our walk-in care locations (Urgent Care South, Urgent Care Main or XpressCare Highlands) for testing and care. In the absence of severe symptoms, you may be encouraged to self-isolate. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or other potentially life-threatening issues, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
To prevent illness, the CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
- Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with individuals who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people as much as possible when out in public.
- Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Environmental Health Action: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
There is an incubation period of two - 10 days.
For more information:
The Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage (floridahealthcovid19.gov/
) for all of the most recent updates on the virus. This is the most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Polk County, residents can contact the Polk County Department of Health in Bartow by calling 863-519-7911
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida Department of Health