COVID-19 Testing Station Converted to Respiratory Clinic
COVID-19 Testing Station Converted to Respiratory Clinic

COVID-19 Testing Station Converted to Respiratory Clinic

Family Medicine

The temporary central assessment and testing location for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Wyandot Memorial Hospital has been converted to a respiratory clinic effective Monday, March 23.

The temporary respiratory clinic will assess a patient’s COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath to determine if further treatment is necessary or if home care is appropriate.

Before presenting at the temporary respiratory clinic, patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must call their medical provider for a phone assessment and triage. Individuals without a medical provider may phone WMH’s UrgentCare at 419-294-4991, extension 2126.

“Your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant will evaluate your symptoms in conjunction with your medical history to determine if a respiratory assessment is needed,” explained Dr. Keri Harris, Wyandot County Public Health Commissioner and WMH’s Chief of Staff.

Based upon the phone assessment and triage, the medical provider or UrgentCare may refer a patient to the temporary respiratory clinic if symptoms are severe or if an individual has moderate symptoms and a high risk of complications.

The drive-thru temporary respiratory clinic is located in the hospital’s Emergency Department parking lot and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Only individuals with respiratory symptoms will be assessed at the site, which will be staffed by primary care providers and hospital staff.

“We are hopeful the temporary respiratory clinic will better meet the needs of our community,” Dr. Harris noted, “because we can see first-hand those most ill in an environment that protects themselves, other patients and our healthcare professionals.

“We know people are concerned about not being able to be tested for COVID-19 due to the shortage of testing materials,” she added. “We want to reassure them that testing at this time does not change treatment, because the treatment for COVID-19 is supportive in nature.”

Dr. Harris recommended that individuals feeling ill should act as if they have COVID-19 and stay home and take care of themselves.

“Isolate yourself from others in your home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take medication to relieve symptoms,” she suggested.

If more serious symptoms develop, such as shortness of breath, patients should call their healthcare provider for direction. A trip to the emergency department must be limited to a true emergency, and requires an advance call by a medical provider so that the hospital can be ready to safely provide care.

More information about the temporary respiratory clinic is available by phoning WMH Administration at 419-294-4991, extension 2267, or Wyandot County Public Health at 419-294-3852. For more information about COVID-19, phone ODH’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.