Coronavirus Update

Watson Clinic COVID-19 Hotline: 863-680-7977
 
To ensure the safety of yourself and others, masks or face coverings must be worn at all your Watson Clinic appointments. You may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you're not wearing a mask.
 
Due to limited supply, we are unable to perform rapid COVID testing at this time. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test are still available for those having symptoms. Results arrive within 48-72 hours.
 
If you need a PCR test for travel or return to work purposes, please schedule an appointment at Watson Clinic Main by calling 863-680-7190. Please note: There are out-of-pocket and lab processing fees associated with this service.
 
COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Information (Patients 5-11 years of age)
 
Coronavirus is an infection that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
 
The Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus are:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
All clinic locations are open for in-person patient appointments. If you are not feeling well or answer yes to any of these attached questions on the day of your scheduled appointment, we recommend changing your appointment to a Telemedicine Video Visit. This is a new system that allows you to visit with your doctor from the comfort of your own home.
 
For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we have placed screening desks at the entrances of most of our locations. You must wear a mask inside building. If you are symptomatic, you may be sent to one of the following locations for testing:

We are taking all the necessary precautions on behalf of patients, caregivers and our staff.

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to call your doctor to discuss possible 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.

Prevention

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.

Treatment

There is an incubation period of two - 10 days.

For more information on Watson Clinic’s approach to COVID-19 testing and treatment, call our hotline at 863-680-7977

Post-COVID Clinic

Kathleen Haggerty, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist at Watson Clinic Main located at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, has established a post-COVID clinic to address the lingering symptoms faced by many patients in the aftermath of their infection. Click here for more information.
*Eligibility may be limited by Individual insurance plan requirements.
 
 
Available Brochures:
 
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 Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm.
 
The State of Florida has also established a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center. More information can be found by calling 1-866-779-6121 open 24/7, or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov.
 

Additional Links:

 
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida Department of Health