Looking For A COVID Test? Here Are Five Things You Need To Know.

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We are now nearly 9 months in to the COVID-19 pandemic and there is still a lot of concern and uncertainty around testing. The good news is that testing in the state of Connecticut is now more robust then it ever has been in the entire 9 month period that this pandemic has been raging. Here at Stony Creek Urgent Care we are running a lot of COVID tests, but also getting a lot of questions about it. So, we thought it would be helpful to give the most pertinent information that we currently have at our disposal so you can get the testing you need in short order. You NEED to make an appointment to get tested. You can do that here. Please make your appointment online so that we can get those who need tests in and out more efficiently. A PCR test can take anywhere from 24…continue reading

Turn These Items Pink In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The entire month of October is annually dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Stony Creek Urgent Care we bring out everything pink we can find. You’ll see pink hats, bandannas, water bottles, and even pink scrubs on our medical providers all month long. Pink is the official color of the movement and we want to do everything we can to make sure that people know it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how they can help find a cure and raise awareness. We’re not alone. You’ll see loads of pink tshirts and pink hats all month long too throughout the region. We thought it would be fun to come up with some other things you could turn pink to show your support and grow awareness of the issues surrounding breast cancer. Here’s a few things we came up with. Your hair – you can keep it pink until Halloween…continue reading

Five Things That Will Make A Difference During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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It is an annual tradition to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month when you come into one of our clinics you will see lots of pink, including many of our providers dressed in pink to honor and bring awareness too this terrible disease. If you want to help bring awareness and also do something about this disease we thought you could do one or all of the following five things to help out. Donate to research. This is a concrete way that you can get “in the fight” to help do something about breast cancer. StandUp2Cancer is a great organization that is doing something about breast cancer and all forms of the disease. Make a donation to a chemo center. Blankets, hats and scarves are welcome donations for patients who are currently being treated for cancer. You will not meet the patients but you will be…continue reading

YES, You Should Still Get The Flu Shot This Year

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Here we are again on the brink of another cold and flu season, but this year things are a little more complicated. As we are in the midst of a global pandemic and medical facilities continue to deal with COVID-19 there have been some questions about whether or not to get vaccinated against the flu itself this year. The short answer to this question is YES. It is important to get a flu shot every year and especially this year. As the flu begins to spread throughout our community it may mean serious illness for some. If you are not protected with a vaccine you may find yourself having to visit a medical facility which in turn will make you more susceptible to COVID-19. When you are sick it is best to stay home and avoid contact with anyone until the symptoms subside. However, your best bet is to avoid…continue reading

CDC Issues Halloween Guidelines

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Is it a trick or a treat? With so much uncertainty around COVID-19 related restrictions, communities have been given some guidance on one of the big holidays that is coming up, Halloween. Going door to door and trick or treating is a time honored tradition that will be sidelined this year in favor of virtual celebrations and parties with those that you live with. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said no to trick or treating, trunk or treats, and hayrides to name a few of the typical holiday traditions. The government agency has given a red light to typical Halloween traditions, but it has offered up alternative, low-risk, solutions to celebrate ghouls and goblins. Virtual Halloween costume contest Carving pumpkins (this can be done with friends or neighbors outside at a safe distance) Decorating your home An outdoor Halloween scavenger hunt A Halloween movie night (outside with safe…continue reading

Four Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect. There is no early detection test for it and nearly 80% of all cases are found in the late stages of the disease. This month is ovarian cancer awareness month and we want to give you some tips on how you can reduce your risk of getting this terrible disease. While there are no known ways to truly prevent the disease, these four things have been shown to lower risk. Giving birth Having been on birth control for more than five years A tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied) Breastfeeding There are risks to all of these items listed above too and not all of them are recommended for everyone. It is also not guaranteed that you will not contract ovarian cancer if you do the above items. The main story here is that ovarian cancer is difficult to…continue reading