If you are traveling out of the country, you may have run into the problem of finding a place to get molecular or PCR testing for COVID-19 within the timeframe required by the destination country. Up until recently, your options were limited, and often you had to deal with busy and overworked pharmacy staff or limited-access healthcare facilities. Fortunately, PCR testing is now able to be performed in the office, thanks to some CLIA-waived options. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering rapid PCR testing with a 30-40 min turnaround time, right here at our office in Reno, Nevada.
COVID-19 Vaccine is being distributed and administrated per the governor’s “playbook”. Public health and community partners have been designated as “Points Of Dispensing (POD’s)”. Local physician offices, including Preferred Family Medicine, have been mostly excluded from becoming POD’s until further notice.
With the recent Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, pilots are asking whether or not they can do a “Virtual Aviation Medical Examination”?
The answer is no.
The FAA has made it clear, that all Aviation Medical Exams must be done in person.
The FAA will not enforce medical certification expiration through June 30, 2020. However, many pilots are telling us that their employer and/or their insurance still requires an active medical certification despite this temporary action by the FAA to not enforce expiration.
As a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. Christopher Highley is currently scheduling 1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class, and BasicMED exams for those pilots in need of a current medical.