Coronavirus testing sites open in Cincinnati, Dayton

Updated: Mar. 17, 2020 at 11:59 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Several COVID-19 testing locations are now open in southwest Ohio.

One is located at UC Health’s Clifton campus and the other is outside the University of Dayton Arena.

Testing at UC Health’s site is will be available by appointment only for all members of the community, including UC Health employees, they said in a Facebook post.

In order to be seen in the drive-thru clinic, patients must have a scheduled appointment made by their physician’s office.

The clinic had been offering self-made appointments, but due to a high volume of requests, that option is no longer available.

“Our drive-thru clinic is currently experiencing an incredibly high volume,” a UC Health spokesperson said. “Please DO NOT attempt to visit the clinic without an appointment. Call your UC Health primary care physician to discuss your symptoms and evaluate if you may need an appointment.”

The spokesperson added Wednesday that the amount of appointments available for its drive-thru testing will fluctuate daily due to high demand and “the need to prioritize available testing supples for the most urgent and critical needs.”

The spokesperson advised patients with non-emergent symptoms to stay home and call their primary care physician for further information.

“Please be advised that your primary care physician and our clinical staff answering our central phone line may or may not recommend testing based on the number of available supplies and the prioritization of those with the most severe health challenges,” the spokesperson said.

The UC Health clinic is located under two tents outside the front entrance of the West Professional Building at 3120 Burnet Ave.

To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, please call 513-41VIRUS (513-418-4787).

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The Christ Hospital plans to open several test sites throughout the Cincinnati region that will collect nasal samples and send them to labs to be tested for COVID-19.

The first site, which opened in Mason on Monday, has already taken more than 100 swabs.

If you have a test order from a healthcare provider, you will be asked to stay in your vehicle and to call the facility when you get there.

Once it is time for your test, you will get a phone call letting you know to enter the facility.

A second site, located outside the Joint & Spine Center at The Christ Hospital’s main campus in Mt. Auburn, was scheduled to open Thursday, March 19. However, its opening has been delayed due to high demand for testing and limited testing materials in the region.

The site is set up and ready to see patients once an appropriate amount of testing materials can be secured to ensure smooth operations in the coming weeks, the hospital says.

Premier Health, in collaboration with CompuNet and Premier Health Urgent Care and University of Dayton, also has set up a testing site in the UD Arena parking lot, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

This site will offer a process to collect specimens from patients who have a physician order with them for a COVID-19 test to be performed, Premier Health said in a news release.

A logistical team from UD will be on hand to direct traffic. Security also will be present.

The hours of operation will be from 10 am to 6 pm each day.

To ensure an orderly process, it is vitally important that those who have symptoms that are consistent with the COVID-19 virus first contact their family physician or primary care provider and work with their provider’s office to see if they meet certain criteria before they come to the collection site, Premier Health said.

If you do not have a physician’s order, they warn that you will not be screened. The cost will be based upon an individual’s health plan.

CompuNet will collect and forward specimens as appropriate to its reference laboratory, Quest Diagnostics, for COVID-19 testing, according to Premier Health.

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