CLEVELAND — Due to the high demand and long lines, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have announced the opening of a second coronavirus testing site.
In addition to the W.O. Walker Building on Euclid Avenue, patients with an electronic doctor’s order from Cleveland Clinic or UH can get a coronavirus test at UH Landerbrook Health Center at 5850 Landerbrook Drive in Mayfield Heights. Patients should enter off Cedar Rd. onto Landerbrook Dr. (between Cedar and Brainard Rd.)
The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals teamed up to begin offering drive-thru coronavirus testing over the weekend. The program allows patients with a doctor's order, to drive through the parking garage at the W.O. Walker Building to get a nose or throat swap tested. The hospitals expect to get the results back on each swap within a day.
Cars were seen lining up Tuesday morning several hours before testing even got started.
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On Monday, the line of cars waiting to get tested wrapped around several blocks and were being directed to weave into multiple parking lots to try and lessen the bottleneck on the roads.
Testing is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for seven days a week. However, patrol cut off accepting new cars into the line around 2:30 p.m., knowing they had enough in the parking lots to take them to 7 p.m.
A spokesperson for the hospitals says they get through about 35 cars an hour.
Teresa Williams has been quarantined due to the Coronavirus for the last week and felt understandably worried as she waited in the line. "Right now, I'm just at home, just stuck," says Williams. "I mean, they told me to stay away from everybody. Don't go nowhere, keep yourself inside. I had a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but they called and canceled it and told me to come here with the order. I hope I don't got it, but it feels like I do."
No copay is needed for the test, but a UH or Cleveland Clinic doctor's order is required. If you think you may have COVID-19, call your doctor before going to the hospital for further instructions.
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