Oneida WellNow to serve as dedicated COVID-19 testing center for asymptomatic patients

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ONEIDA — WellNow Urgent Care announced that in response to increased demand for COVID-19 testing in the region, its center in Oneida,109 Genesee St., will temporarily serve as a dedicated COVID-19 testing center for asymptomatic patients.

The testing facility will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled online, according to a
company announcement.

WellNow continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and plans to resume a full range of urgent care services at the Oneida center as patient and community needs change.

The center in Oneida is the fourteenth WellNow Urgent Care location in New York State that is temporarily serving as a dedicated COVID-19 testing center. Full-service WellNow Urgent Care centers in the area include Rome, Utica and Fayetteville. Patients seeking treatment for injuries and illnesses, as well as those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should visit their nearest full-service WellNow Urgent Care center.

“As COVID-19 continues to present new challenges, our team is committed to delivering the high-quality care and services that are most needed in our communities,” said John Radford, M.D., President at WellNow Urgent Care. “We’re proud to be a reliable destination for COVID-19 PCR testing and we will continue to make adjustments to meet the changing needs of our patients.”

COVID-19 PCR testing is available at all WellNow locations; however, asymptomatic patients are strongly encouraged to visit one of WellNow’s dedicated testing sites. Asymptomatic patients include individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not currently exhibiting common symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell.

Patients without symptoms who require PCR results for work, school or other purposes are also considered asymptomatic. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, those who may be at high risk for COVID-19 due to age or other health factors, and those who require screening before a surgical procedure should visit a full-service WellNow Urgent Care location.

Currently, 79.4% of COVID-19 PCR tests collected at WellNow return results within 24 hours; 99-100% return results within 48 hours. Patients can visit WellNow.com/PCR-results to view testing times to receive next-day results. Additional information about COVID-19 testing at WellNow Urgent Care, including testing cost and insurance coverage, can be found at WellNow.com/COVID-19/.

WellNow Urgent Care’s full-service locations continue to provide timely service for non-life-threatening ailments such as sprains, burns, colds and allergies while also providing on-site X-rays, lab testing and physicals.

Urgent care services are provided on a walk-in basis, or patients may also visit WellNow.com to check in online or schedule a visit. Patients can also speak with a WellNow provider virtually, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, using the company’s Virtual Care platform

WellNow accepts most insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, Fidelis and Veterans Affairs TriWest. A full list of locations and services can be found at WellNow.com.

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