MANSFIELD – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, OhioHealth will expand to four total COVID-19 ambulatory testing sites based on supply availability in Mansfield, Marion and Athens, the health provider announced.
"This testing site is not an on-demand testing site for the general public," OhioHealth said in a news release Monday. "People will be turned away without a physician order from the OhioHealth COVID-19 Clinical Team."
In addition to the recently opened central Ohio location, the following sites will open this week: Tuesday, March 24 – Mansfield and Athens and Wednesday, March 25 – Marion.
Times and date are subject to change, but the testing sites are currently scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, OhioHealth said.
Currently, OhioHealth said that it is reserving the tests for the highest risk patients. "We will continue to expand (or suspend) the testing locations based on supply availability. As soon as testing capacity is used up each day, triage lines will be turned off until the following day," the news release said.
The targeted population for testing, OhioHealth said, are patients with symptoms who are 60 years or older with comorbidities (uncontrolled diabetes, immune-suppressed, CHF/COPD) or healthcare providers/associates.
OhioHealth said that a patient that is included in the targeted population must present with a physician order and symptoms that qualify for a test, which include:
* New or worsening shortness of breath
OhioHealth said it has established processes to allow providers who do not use our electronic medical records to refer patients to the sites as well.