University Hospitals has created the state’s first mobile, self-contained COVID-19 testing unit, according to a statement from the hospital system.
The testing unit has a plexiglass both to keep employees and patients during testing, and one patient will be allowed in at a time, according to a statement from UH. Three employees will staff the unit.
The mobile testing unit will be visiting underserved areas around northeastern Ohio, according to the statement.
“There is a gap in the ability to test for COVID-19 in the most vulnerable areas,” said Brian Rothstein, Clinical Ventures Fellow and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UH Rambow Babies and Children’s Hospital said in a statement. “With this mobile unit, we’re not only closing that gap by delivering our testing services, but spreading important information about the about the virus and how to combat it.”
Tests will be processed at UH’s central lab, with the goal of having test results within 48 hours, according to the statement. Patients without internet or phone access will have their results hand-delivered, according to the statement.
Patients seeking a test will need to provide a driver’s license, state-issued identification, or their name, address and social security number.