GLENDALE, Ariz. - CVS Health announced it has launched a free, rapid COVID-19 testing site in Glendale as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Arizona surpassed 4,000.
The testing site is located near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road and is open by appointment only, beginning Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m.
Normal hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Patients will need to pre-register by calling 602-212-4981. A vehicle is not required for the testing and results will be provided on-the-spot.
In order to be eligible for the testing, patients will need criteria established by the CDC.
CVS Health will also continue to operate rapid COVID-19 testing at the Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic for the uninsured in Phoenix.
UPDATE from CVS: "The new testing site is also supported in part by Mercy Care, a not-for-profit Medicaid managed care health plan in Arizona sponsored by Dignity Health and Ascension."
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Monitor your health daily
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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
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.
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.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.