Banner Health opens new COVID-19 testing site at Arizona State Fairgrounds

Banner Health announced on April 27 that they are opening a new coronavirus testing site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and are expanding their current capacity from 4,000 appointments a week to 13,500.

The new collection site would be Banner's largest testing area and will accomodate people without vehicles.

In a statement, Banner said they are also adding lanes to their current existing sites and opening up two other locations in Fort Collins, Colorado and Greeley, Colorado.

Walk-ins are not accepted; anyone interested in being tested can call Banner Health at 1-844-549-1851 to be screened and scheduled for an appointment.

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Banner warns that anyone who does not have an appointment will be asked to leave in order to conduct a phone screening first.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.

To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

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