Local hospitals urging public not to go to ER for COVID-19 tests
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Hospital Association is urging the public to stay away from emergency rooms when looking for a COVID-19 test.
Officials said the ERs across the state are already under extreme stress, and patients seeking tests only increase delays.
Seeking a test at an ER can also put people at higher risk of spreading COVID-19 to patients who are more vulnerable.
The WHA is asking that people who need a COVID-19 test do the following:
- Contact your doctor and ask if your primary care clinic provides a test
- Go to a free community testing site
- Request a free home collection kit from the Department of Health Services
Officials said these steps can help lighten the burden on healthcare workers statewide.
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