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Whittier facility now offering COVID-19 tests

WHITTIER — SCU Health, Integrative Health & Medicine, a Whittier-based health services provider and division of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), is now offering COVID-19 testing to the general public.

This includes people who currently have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, and loss of smell.

Also eligible for testing are people who have been within six feet of someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for 10 minutes or longer; people who have had unprotected contact with the body fluids and/or secretions of someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (body fluids include being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or other objects with saliva); people who need to be tested to return to work; and people who would like to be tested due to personal circumstances such as frontline healthcare workers, people who have recently had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, contacts of patient with confirmed COVID-19 who are in self-quarantine, the elderly, and people with an underlying medical condition

“Testing is done on a first come, first serve basis and isn’t limited to SCU patients,” said Dr. Melissa Nagare, Chief Clinical Officer at SCU. “Those who test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus can seek treatment from their own healthcare provider or with OUCH! Urgent Care at SCU Health.”

SCU is offering two types of tests: 1) a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that checks for presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to determine if there is a current infection or 2) an antibody test to determine past exposure.

“The various types of tests can be confusing, so we speak with anyone interested by phone or video call before scheduling them for testing so we offer the right test or combination of tests for their specific situation,” said Dr. Nagare.

The PCR (virus) test takes about 10 seconds and is performed in a limited-contact, drive-thru format with results typically available in one to three business days. The antibody test takes about five minutes to perform, with results typically in one to two business days.

“SCU Health will also offer Rapid Point of Care (POC) antibody testing as soon as it becomes available,” said Dr. Nagare.

To schedule testing, patients should call SCU Health at (562) .943-7125 or (844) OUCH-SCU, or log onto https://scuhealth.org/covid19testing/ to fill out a form.

Medical professionals will assess and determine appropriate tests by phone or video encounter, then schedule an appointment at SCU Health, located at 16200 Amber Valley Drive, Whittier. Testing hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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