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Primary care/Urgent care without PPE for staff + not testing for COVID19

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I currently work in family medicine and urgent care. Our owner decided that our clinic will not be testing patients for Covid19. His reasoning: if we get a positive case, he would have to quarantine most of the staff and possibly shut down for a couple weeks. Last week he decided to designate one room in the clinic to triage patient with flu/covid19 symptoms/signs. We test for both Influenza and strep.  If both are negative depending on comorbidities etc then we ask patient to monitor symptoms at home or go to the health department for testing or we admit them to the hospital. My question for you guys now is this even legal? even if the practice is privately own can the owner (who is a doctor) refuses to let us test the patients? By the way we don't even have masks for the sick patients or for the providers. 

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Yes it's legal.  Large counties like LA have all but given up trying to test due to the shortage of testing supplies.  Is it ethical to put you and the staff in harms way?  That is an entirely different question.  According to the CDC you can now wear a scarf or bandana around your face when seeing patients.  Good luck.

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