In this COVID-19 era with people hunkering down at home and virtual doctors’ visits the norm, Banner Health is turning its Loveland urgent care into as much of a coronavirus-free zone as possible.
The clinic at 2555 E. 13th St., Suite 110, Loveland, is open for most common illnesses and injuries, including broken bones, insect bites and lacerations. It is not intended to treat patients with respiratory complaints such as COVID-19.
The intent is twofold: to prevent patients — especially those with pre-existing conditions that put them more at risk for the virus — and staff from being exposed to the coronavirus and to reassure those worried about being exposed to the virus at the clinic.
Even though the urgent care is not intended for those with respiratory symptoms, everyone who goes there will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before they can enter the building, said Katrina Catto, chief executive officer of Banner Urgent Care and occupational health.
Anyone who could possibly have the signs and symptoms of the infection will be re-directed to their primary care physician or a designated testing sites for proper testing. The clinic will also be taking precautions, including requiring patient, visitor and staff to wear masks and practice social distancing.
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