March 31: COVID-19 testing resumes at Salem Health respiratory clinics
Mar 31, 2020, 15:56 PM
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Salem Health has received a limited supply of a few hundred COVID-19 test collection kits. As a result, testing for COVID-19 resumed today at Salem Health’s three temporary respiratory clinics.
Because the supply is so limited, testing for COVID-19
remains on hold in the Salem Hospital emergency department.
We are following the same criteria as when testing was available earlier this month:
- Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms should call 503-814-0099 and be screened by phone (they do not need to be a Salem Health Medical Clinics patient). A provider will determine whether the patient needs to be tested and will schedule an appointment.
- People should not come to the respiratory clinics for COVID-19 testing unless they have an appointment.
- Patients needing care for non-respiratory symptoms are encouraged to schedule a virtual visit by calling 503-814-4400.
As we’ve seen recently locally and around the country, the situation surrounding future shipments of COVID-19 test kits is unknown and varies week to week. Looking ahead, Salem Health will continue to offer outpatient testing whenever they become
available. We will also continue to provide updates whenever more test kits come in.
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