Specimen Collection Site Set Up In Jamestown For COVID-19 Testing

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JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown hospital is set to open an outpatient specimen collection site to help with testing for the novel Coronavirus.

Officials with UPMC Chautauqua Hospital say starting Wednesday the site will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Jones Memorial Health Center.

Doctors will soon direct patients who have received a physician consultation and subsequent referral to get tested for the virus.

Hospital staff stress that the site is not open to the public and walk-ins will not be tested.

Patients who are referred by a doctor to be tested will receive a call from the hospital to set up an appointment.

Staff collecting the samples will be outfitted with proper protective gear in order to prevent possible contamination and spread of COVID-19.

Hospital officials say people who suspect they have COVID-19 but do not have a high fever or breathing problems should call their primary care physician or use their provider’s virtual visit options to get advice. Anyone with a high fever or breathing trouble should go to their local emergency department for evaluation and care.


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