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Many sites offering COVID-19 testing

There are many places in North Central Phoenix and around the Valley where you can obtain testing for Coronavirus.

Banner Health is providing testing in Phoenix for those who are concerned that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or to those experiencing a dry cough, fever or other symptoms of the virus. You must call to schedule an appointment between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays or 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Banner’s drive-thru testing locations will not take walk-in patients. Everyone must be screened over the phone ahead of time and scheduled for an appointment.

When you arrive for your appointment, you must stay inside your vehicle and sign paperwork stating you agree to be tested and you will self-isolate until a Banner Health employee contacts you with your test results. A Banner Health staff member will swab the inside of your nose to take a sample in a process that will take five to 20 minutes. If the test is negative, you can go back to your normal routine if you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. For those who test positive for the virus, Banner will contact the county and state health departments and give you instructions on the next steps you should take, which could include an additional quarantine period.

Banner Health has several COVID-19 testing locations in the Valley including at its urgent care center at 5018 N. 7th St. and its urgent care center at 3141 E. Indian School Road.

To learn more, visit bannerhealth.com/patients/patient-resources/covid-19/testing.

HonorHealth also is offering COVID-19 testing for anyone at least three months old. It is providing the testing at HonorHealth Medical Group Urgent Care – Bethany Home at 1515 E. Bethany Home Road and at its Urgent Care – Saguaro center at 18404 N. Tatum Blvd. and at its Urgent Care – McKellips center in Mesa. An appointment is highly recommended at the Bethany Home site and is required at the Saguaro location. It is strongly recommended you make an appointment first before going for a test at the Mesa facility.

You can obtain a PCR test, which will tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19, and a serology test (also called an antibody test), which will reveal if you have been infected with the virus recently or in the past.

Patients are not charged for the test when it is given but HonorHealth bills health insurance companies. If you do not have health insurance, the billing department will work with you to figure out your cost. To make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at HonorHealth Bethany Home, call 602-674-6260. In order to schedule an appointment for a test at HonorHealth Saguaro, call 602-485-7475. To set up an appointment at the Mesa center, call 480-587-5520.

For more information about COVID-19 testing, visit honorhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19/testing.

 

 

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