Union Health opens respiratory care clinic to test COVID-19 patients

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Union Health’s Convenient Care Clinic opened a respiratory care clinic to to test patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

The clinic’s goal is to increase separation between those who could potentially have the virus and those who don’t.

Dr. Eric Pickrell, Medical Director for Convenient Care Clinic, said they’re well equipped to test and treat those who have the virus symptoms.

“We are set up to take on these types of patients. With all the protective equipment for our staff and patients together really minimizes the risk for everyone. And it’s just the best opportunity for people to be seen,” he said.

Patients that have symptoms will be tested. Officials say test results are available within 2 days.

“Right now they have it down to anywhere between 24-48 hours. If you’re lucky, occasionally we get some even quicker back. I’ve found over the past week that the time keeps improving. As we keep moving forward,” Pickrell said.

According to Union Officials, of the patients tested at the clinic, none of the tests have come back positive.

They said they’ve even seen a decrease in the number of positive cases at Union facilities.

But Dr. Randy Stevens, Medical Director of Occupational Health at Union, said this progress doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.

“We cannot let down our guards. We will have to be social distancing, washing hands, and be concerned about symptoms. And as we slowly open up, people cannot let down their guard,” he said.

Testing is not available for everyone, however anyone with virus symptoms can be seen by a physician at the clinic at anytime while they’re open.

The clinic is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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