UW Health creates COVID-19 screening space for patients, implementing drive-thru screening for employees

Hospital staff are still urging patients to call ahead
UW Health

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health has cleared a clinic space for COVID-19 screening for patients and it is implementing drive-thru screening for hospital employees who require it.

According to a statement sent from UW Health media relations spokesperson Emily Kumilen, “We are working with partners throughout the community on a response to handle screening and testing needs for the region related to COVID-19. UW Health has been preparing diligently to protect the health and safety of our patients and our staff during this response to COVID-19. Whether it’s visitation restrictions, testing guidelines or adjustments at our facilities, every action is taken with the health of our patients, staff and community in mind.”

Kumilen said hospital staff are urging patients who are experiencing mild COVID-19 related symptoms to call the clinic before showing up. Kumilen also recommends virtual visits or MyChart messaging.

“Due to the fact that some screening locations will only be handling staff and individuals at high risk from COVID-19, the best way to ensure patients are routed to the proper facility and proper care and avoid potential delays in screening is to call ahead.”

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