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Mayo Clinic mobile testing

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The Mayo Clinic is Scottsdale is setting up shop in its parking lot for coronavirus testing. When the Arizona’s Family News Chopper flew over the campus on Shea Boulevard just east of the Loop 101 this morning, we could see tents set up.

“The current recommendation from our Public Health agencies is to reach out to your primary care provider if you feel that you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms. To accommodate more requests to our primary care providers and emergency department, we have set up mobile units to collect samples for testing of our highly vulnerable Mayo Clinic patient population,” Mayo spokesman Jim McVeigh said in an email to Arizona’s Family. “We are also supporting other providers in the Valley, sharing what we have learned, as they look to open their own alternative testing locations.”

The testing is only for Mayo patients.

For patients who are experiencing symptoms, doctors suggest they stay home, drink plenty of fluids and take a fever-reducing medication. If the symptoms get worse, then it’s time to call your doctor.

"It really is important to emphasize that, unless is it a medical emergency, you should not go in to the hospital or visit your health care provider without at least calling first," Dr. Clayton Cowl said on the Mayo’s website. "By calling first, you can avoid exposing yourself and others to the virus. And you can help prevent an overflow situation at the medical facility."

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches

"Symptoms of COVID-19 are typically myalgia, or muscle aches, and a lot of fatigue," Cowl said. "Usually it's associated with a fever. Sometimes it's low-grade from 100.3 F to perhaps higher. Some people experience much higher fever that go up to 102 F or 103 F. Individuals may experience some shortness of breath. They may experience cough. And it can either be a dry cough, or they may cough up phlegm."

 

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