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Cleveland Clinic moving to self-swabbing COVID-19 testing

The move to self-swabbing will allow for more testing, and preserve PPE.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Clinic is moving to observed nasal self-swabbing for COVID-19 testing at its Walker Testing Location, beginning this week.  

Patients at the W.O Walker drive-through testing site on Euclid Avenue will be given a test kit and instructed on how to conduct a self-collected nasal swab, while observed by a caregiver. 

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Young children and others unable to conduct a nasal self-swab will be swabbed by a caregiver.

The Clinic plans to begin nasal self-swabbing at other Northeast Ohio testing sites in the near future. They estimate the change will increase the number of patients who can be tested by up to 300 per day, as well as help preserve PPE resources.

Patients must have an appointment and physician’s order to be tested.