COVID-19 testing site ceasing operation


Contributed by EAMC

After being in operation for more than 11 months, EAMC’s COVID-19 testing site will be discontinued after this Friday, Feb. 26.

“When we opened it last March, it was the main source of testing for this  area and we tested as many as 825 people a week last July,” said John Atkinson, P.R. and Marketing director at EAMC. Since then, testing has expanded in the community and is available at many physician offices, urgent care offices and pharmacies.

“Over the past year, our employees have been reassigned at times to work in areas specific to COVID-19,” Atkinson said. “The need for testing has been declining for several weeks now, and we’re hopeful it will continue to do so as vaccinations increase. We feel that now is the time to bring that portion of our COVID efforts to a close. We will still be running our COVID Infusion Center, Call Center and the Community Vaccine Clinic, while also trying to return as many employees to their regular jobs.”

As always, the Emergency Department is available for patients in need of medical care, and COVID-19 testing will continue to take place for these patients in the Emergency Departments in Opelika and Valley. The Emergency Department is not a site for routine COVID-19 testing.

Persons in need of routine COVID-19 testing may still call 334-528-SICK to help locate a testing location in the area.


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