Washington County hospital opens clinic to screen patients

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The Washington County Hospital and Clinics opened a respiratory triage clinic to screen patients who may be showing COVID-19 symptoms.

This clinic will specifically see individuals who report respiratory discomfort and other symptoms during a pre-screening process when they call in for an appointment.

The respiratory triage clinic is located at the medical clinic, 444 East Polk St. in Washington.

At this time, WCHC will not accept any walk-in appointments including for Saturday morning clinic.  Until further notice, patients should call 319-653-7291 for primary care visits.

All patients will be pre-screened to determine whether to be seen at the Family Medicine Clinic or the respiratory triage clinic.  Medical Clinic providers will be joining the Family Medicine team to provide primary care services at the Family Medicine location, 1230 South Iowa Ave. 

Patients scheduled to be seen at the respiratory triage clinic will be required to stay in their car until a clinic staff member approaches them with additional instructions.

Some evaluation and testing may be done at the patient’s car. Staff will be present outside of the clinic to greet each car arriving for an appointment.  Unless absolutely necessary, any support person or family members will be instructed to remain in the car when the patient enters the facility for further evaluation by a provider. 

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington County Hospital and Clinics is asking the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are sick, stay home and monitor your symptoms. If you are comfortable and not in distress, the best course of action is to stay isolated at home.

During isolation, get rest and stay hydrated. To return to work or outside activities you should be symptom free (including all initial symptoms) for a minimum of 72 hours, three full days without use of medicine to reduce your fever.

A minimum of seven days should also have passed since your symptoms first appeared before you discontinue home isolation.

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