Exer Urgent Care Now Offering COVID-19 Testing
With a Referral Through Exer's VirtualCare Portal, Advanced Testing Kits Are Used to Provide Patient Results Within 24 to 48 Hours
April 23, 2020
Exer Urgent Care, an ER alternative staffed by ER doctors, today announced onsite testing for COVID-19 is available at clinic locations across Southern California. This news comes following Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti's announcement that any Los Angeles County resident who has symptoms may apply to be tested for the virus. In efforts to support patient care, Exer is offering drive-up testing at seven clinic locations including Calabasas, Stevenson Ranch, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Westwood, and Redondo Beach.
In order to be tested, patients need a prescription. Exer is offering patients an online evaluation from the comfort of their home via VirtualCare by Exer. VirtualCare, an extension of Exer's patient access options, is an online urgent care service providing real-time access to a health care provider via video chat. Patients do not need an appointment, they can remotely login and will be connected to an Exer medical provider. From there, patients can be screened for COVID-19 by answering questions about risk factors and symptoms.
The risk assessment evaluation for COVID-19 follows local and state guidelines. Through the telemedicine visit, patients will talk through symptoms and past medical history during the virtual exam to determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended. If a test is recommended, a prescription and directive to report to their nearest Exer clinic will be issued.
"At Exer, patient safety is our number one priority. During these unprecedented times we've closely monitored information from the CDC to ensure we are adjusting our protocols and practices to best serve our communities," said Dr. Brian Wilbur, Chief Medical Officer with Exer Urgent Care. "With more testing options available, coupled with our VirtualCare platform we are committed to providing accessible healthcare options for our communities."
Exer has secured a substantial number of testing kits along with a lab partner capable of processing results within 24 to 48 hours. Testing is being offered while supplies last to those who meet the CDC-based screening criteria and anyone who is experiencing symptoms should call into VirtualCare to begin the screening process.
"Exer is diligently working to make more tests available in the coming days and to continue providing patients with the highest level of quality care" Wilbur added.
With new protocols in place, patients can feel safe while visiting Exer clinics. All locations have tripled disinfectant cleaning efforts, will provide masks to patients, and are adhering to self-swab practices to limit exposure of the virus. The new rigorous decontamination protocol puts patient and staff health as the top priority, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
For more information about Exer Urgent Care visit http://www.ExerUrgentCare.com and follow @ExerUrgentCare on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.