LIMA — Local hospitals are now encouraging those showing COVID-19 symptoms to visit Community Evaluation Centers in order to receive testing and medical care. When centers were first set up, those with symptoms were asked to call a designated phone number rather than show up to avoid unnecessary visits.
Due to the change, individuals can now visit the center located in the Gastroenterology of West Central Ohio building, 375 N. Eastown Road, Suite C, operated by Lima Memorial Health System, or the center located at 967 Bellefontaine Ave., which is operated by Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.
Both centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Residents can also visit during the weekend, but schedules vary between centers. If someone is looking to be evaluated on a Sunday, they are being asked to go to 375 N. Eastown Road between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, if they’re going on a Saturday, the 967 Bellefontaine Ave. location will be open instead.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chills, shaking due to chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.
Anyone not experiencing symptoms are encouraged to stay away from the centers due to the risk of catching the virus.
Initially set up in mid-March, the centers were established due to a collaborative effort between Lima Memorial Health System, Allen County Public Health and Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center. Since that time, testing has become more prevalent and available.
More information on the Lima Memorial Community Evaluation Centers can be found by calling 419-998-4688.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.