Coronavirus screening clinic opens in Wetumpka

Updated: Mar. 17, 2020 at 3:41 PM CDT
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WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA) - A coronavirus screening clinic is now open in Wetumpka.

Ivy Creek Healthcare has opened the COVID-19 Collection Clinic in the parking lot of the Elmore Community Hospital Emergency Room. The clinic, operated inside a military-grade tent, will be open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“You will not go into the hospital,” said Ivey Creek Healthcare CEO Mike Bruce. “This is not an an emergency room visit, this is a collection visit for a lab test.”

Ivy Creek Healthcare asks patients to call 334-514-3713 and get an appointment before arriving on-site. Screening criteria will be approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“There is only so many tests out there that they have available, so that’s gonna be part of the priority criteria. So they will schedule an appointment for you if you meet that criteria and the doctor will have that order ready for you,” said Bruce.

“The true benefit to this is people will have the opportunity to call ahead and schedule an appointment, rather than walking into doctors’ offices and the emergency room with the potential of contaminating that location, the nurses, the medical assistants, and other patients that may be in that doctors office,” said Commission Chairman Troy Stubbs.

This is the second screening clinic to open in the River Region. Monday, Baptist Health opened a drive-up testing site in Montgomery. Macon County is expecting its first shipment of COVID-19 test supplies within the next three days.

Elmore Community Hospital is only allowing one visitor per patient to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and anyone who enters the hospital will have their temperature taken.

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If you develop symptoms for the coronavirus and need to be tested, call 1-888-264-2256.

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