EVERGREEN HEALTH  OPENS DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING SITE

Location: :3297 Bailey Avenue offers  viral screening tests  starting May 20th

The  healthcare organization Evergreen Health and its affiliate, Community Access Services (CAS),  has announced its 3297 Bailey Avenue facility will serve as a drive-through testing site for COVID-19 viral screenings. The drive-through testing   officially opened today Wednesday, May 20. Tests will be conducted outdoors, by appointment, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  

“Months into the unexpected challenge of a global pandemic, many of us are thinking about how we can help, by finding ways to use our businesses, our facilities, our people and our services – to help dissipate COVID-19,” said Raymond Ganoe, President & CEO of Evergreen Health. “Right now, as we think about phasing back into ‘normal’ life, the need for testing and places to conduct testing has never been more important. This is what the community needs from us and it’s one of the ways that Evergreen can continue to help.”

University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. is in support of this necessary testing COVID-19 for the 14215 community.

Evergreen’s drive-through testing site is a resource geared towards the 14215 zip code and open to all, including non-Evergreen and CAS patients. The cost of the test is covered by healthcare plans, including Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care plans, with no out-of-pocket costs or co-pays. Tests will be conducted for individuals sixteen years and older and by appointment only. While  prescriptions and doctors’ referrals are not required, patients will need proof of health insurance in order to schedule an appointment. Individuals interested in scheduling a test may call Evergreen at (716) 847-2441 and select option 7.

COVID-19 testing will be conducted outdoors through the use of a drive-through system, allowing Evergreen staff to follow necessary safety protocols to keep screeners and those being tested safe throughout the testing process. Arrival by vehicle is strongly encouraged and some walk-up testing will also be accommodated. Participants will not need to leave their cars while being tested, and tests will be completed over the course of a few minutes via a nasal swab, with test results received within 2-3 days. Masks are required.

“We know that underserved populations, including communities of color, have been especially impacted by this unprecedented crisis. Beyond just making tests available, it’s making tests accessible where we can truly make a difference,” said Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Evergreen Health. “While we’ve been able to continue to provide critical services to our patients throughout this global pandemic, we’ll now be able to medically serve more people.” 

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