Press Release: Virginia Garcia's Washington County Screening Site Adjusts Hours
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The Washington County drive-through screening site for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be adjusting their hours. Beginning Monday, May 11 the screening site will be operating Tuesday - Saturday to better accommodate the needs of their patients and increase screening visits.
The Yamhill County screening site will maintain the Tuesday/Thursday screening days for the current time.
The change comes in an effort to support one of the requirements for re-opening the region laid out by Governor Brown last week, which requires widespread testing under new protocols as well as increased access to testing for underserved communities. For Washington County that requirement is 1,800/week and for Yamhill County the requirement is 300/week.
"We have changed the days of operation for our Washington County drive-through COVID-19 screening site to expand access and increase the number of people screened for the disease.", said Hazel Wheeler, Virginia Garcia's health and safety manager. "We want to do all we can to help the state meet its goal of 15,000 tests per week, for a rate of 30 tests per 10,000 Oregonians."
While Virginia Garcia still requires an appointment to be screened, they have opened up their sites to individuals who are not patients. They must first meet with a Virginia Garcia provider via a telemedicine appointment. The provider will schedule a screening appointment for the individual if they determine a test is necessary.
Current Virginia Garcia patients should call their local clinic to schedule an appointment with their provider.
Anyone not currently a patient should call (503) 359-5564 and press 3 to speak to a specialist that will help connect them with a provider.
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center provides high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care with a special emphasis on those with barriers to receiving health care. Since its founding 45 years ago, Virginia Garcia has grown from a single, grassroots clinic into a full service health care home serving Washington and Yamhill counties. Today, Virginia Garcia employs nearly 600 people and serves more than 52,000 patients at five primary care clinics, six dental clinics, five school-based health centers, a women’s clinic, and a mobile outreach clinic.
Visit www.virginiagarcia.org for more information on the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.