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Your Healthy Family: Colorado Springs coronavirus drive through is a community effort

Posted at 1:44 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:44:45-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — With a drive through testing site for COVID-19 now operating in Colorado Springs, the goal is that more people who have been screened by a doctor and need testing can be tested in a convenient safe manner.

Dr. David Steinbruner, MD and Associate Chief Medical Officer with UCHealth Memorial says getting this site up and running in just 24 hours is a product of the constant training done at Memorial to prepare for many scenarios that can unfold in our community at any time.

Dr. Steinbruner says, “We train as we fight. We train to make sure that we're prepared for the worst case scenario so that we are prepared to take care of you. We plan all year around, perhaps not for this particular scenario, but similar scenarios. We're always thinking about what we need to do for many contingencies.”

Dr. Steinbruner and his staff knew what they needed to get a remote drive through sample collection site up and running, but he says it took a lot more than UCHealth resources to make it happen so quickly.

“It's actually quite remarkable, we had a lot of people and it was a community effort. In about 24 hours we were able to get this entire tent and operation up with power and with electronic wiring. I want to give a shout-out to Comcast, they were able to come and offer the free service of about 30 individuals and workers volunteering their time to put this thing up.”

Again, if you have not seen your doctor, Dr. Steinbruner emphasizes to not show up at the testing center. In order for this site to serve our community well, it needs to run efficiently.

Dr. Steinbruner says, UCHealth’s virtual visits is one fast and easy way to find out if you should be tested for Coronavirus. “The person who got through today [Friday] the fastest, already had a virtual visit with UCHealth. They were able to get in and out in about 15 minutes because everything was in the computer. We are turning people away if they don't have a doctor's order to get the test. If they don't have symptoms and they haven't gone through the checklist from the state, or from a doctor, to make sure that they should be tested, we can’t test them.”

Information about UCHealth virtual visits can be found here []

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