The providers and staff at Pinehurst Family Care Center continue to strive to meet the medical needs of our patients during this very stressful time in our country in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. While Moore County has had only a couple documented cases, we urge everyone to continue strict adherence to the well-publicized guidelines to limit the potential spread of the virus: social distancing when you do venture out for essential services, vigorous and frequent handwashing with soap for 20 seconds or use of approved sanitizer product, limit touching of face, dispose of used tissues promptly, and self-quarantine when showing symptoms of illness. 

Our office is making every effort to protect our staff and our patients from exposure. We are trying to schedule well patients in the morning and sick patients in the afternoon. Patients are being screened for symptoms on the phone, and those with fever and lower respiratory symptoms are being asked to remain in their car until ready to be seen and then brought in directly to an exam room with a mask. Other sick patients are directed to the separated former pediatric section of our waiting room. We were able to provide a limited number of COVID-19 tests and did them in the back parking lot, but we have now run out of test materials and are down to very limited amounts of the PPE supplies necessary to keep staff safe.

The current recommendation is for patients with mild symptoms of low fever and upper respiratory symptoms to stay at home and only come to the office or go to the ER if having significant lower respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest pain, or if you have bluish lips or alteration of consciousness that suggest low oxygen levels in your blood. We encourage you to monitor the changing daily situation regarding numbers of local cases, isolation guidelines, testing availability and recommendations, and other pertinent news by checking reliable websites such as and which provide accurate information based on the evolving scientific knowledge regarding the coronavirus. Please adhere to public health guidelines and BE SAFE!

Douglas E. Lam, M.D.

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