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MercyOne to relocate Waterloo COVID-19 testing site tomorrow

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- This week MercyOne announced it will move its COVID-19 testing site to a new location in Waterloo.

Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, all COVID-19 test swabbing will be conducted in the former ambulance garage on the MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center campus.

The garage is located on the east side of the premises, just off St. Francis Drive. Operations at the temporary Fever and Upper Respiratory Clinic located at the Kimball Ridge Center will cease after June 30.

"As the recovery from the pandemic continues, changes must occur to meet the needs of our patients," said Jack Dusenbery, President and CEO of MercyOne Northeast Iowa, "This requires flexibility and innovation to ensure we are providing the best care, while also providing safety for our colleagues. We continue to be grateful to our colleagues who serve."

The new testing site will be open Sunday through Friday each week, and patients will be instructed on the process by their referring provider, according to a release.

Residents must have an appointment before they show up. Unless it is an emergency situation people can call 319-272-5000 or their primary care office to discuss symptoms and determine the best access for care.

If the patient has fever/respiratory issues, a Virtual Visit may be established. The provider will determine if the patient needs to be swabbed for COVID-19.

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Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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