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Daily COVID-19 Testing Resumes at Thumb Butte Medical Center Temporarily Featured

Thumb Butte Medical Center is once again expanding their hours to seven days a week for COVID-19 testing.

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  • Thumb Butte Medical Center (TBMC) is expanding their hours for COVID-19 testing
  • They will be open seven days a week, from 8AM - 4PM at the Prescott office
  • There is a surge in Yavapai County and our communities
  • Read more...

Get tested for COVID-19! Seven days a week, 8AM to 4PM.

Thumb Butte Medical Center (TBMC) is offering COVID-19 testing seven days a week, from 8AM - 4PM, starting today, for at least the next two weeks. The testing is available in their Prescott office at 3124 Willow Creek Road. 

Dr. Hojat Askari, the TBMC Medical Director, stated, “Unfortunately, for the past few weeks we have seen a surge in our community. We are here for you. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, come get tested right away.”

Thumb Butte Medical Center was one of the first facilities in the area to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 crisis by offering drive-thru testing last spring. Now that cases are increasing rapidly in Yavapai County, Askari is ramping up again. “For the next couple of weeks our hours of operation will be increased to 7 days a week, 8AM to 4PM at our Prescott location,” Askari said. “We want to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our area as much as possible.”

The number of cases in Yavapai County have been climbing by as much as 100 per day, according to Terri Farneti, the Public Health Coordinator. “ COVID-19 is most contagious in the first 5 days after symptoms onset, which underscores the importance of early case identification and quarantine,” Farneti reported.

Governor Doug Ducey is closely monitoring the situation, and stated in a press release last week, "Arizona’s top priority throughout the pandemic has been to protect public health and ensure access to care for those who need it."

Regarding a vaccine, Dr. Askari explained, "We will be administering the vaccine when it is available, but for now, it is important to ensure that everyone is tested so that we can reduce the number of people getting sick with COVID-19.”

In the meantime, Dr. Askari recommends safe social distancing, masks and testing. If you feel ill or have been exposed, please get tested immediately and quarantine if the results are positive. 

"No single patient who has come to our test center from the the beginning of covid testing has died, because of the prompt response of our physicians and treatment plan," he said. 

“Please pray for our community," Askari requested. "God bless.”

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Last modified on Monday, 30 November 2020 10:05
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