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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

MetroHealth Now Also Testing for Coronavirus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 12:45 PM

  • MetroHealth System

MetroHealth has joined UH and the Cleveland Clinic today in the ability to test for the coronavirus, though its service doesn't come with the convenience of a drive-thru.

CEO Akram Boutros said the hospital system hopes to ramp up to about 500 tests a day in the coming weeks. For now, they will concentrate on the critically ill. Results, for those tested today and going forward, should be available in about two hours. A doctor's order is required to get tested.

UH and the Clinic have opened a second drive-thru testing facility at the Landerbrook Health Center in Mayfield Heights. Both sites, which are technically open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., have been flooded by patients. Today, each reached its limit for the entire day shortly after noon.

Metro told it has received more than a 1,000 calls to its coronavirus hotline — 440-592-6843 — since late last week.

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