COVID test

With the most recent surge in coronavirus cases apparently starting to taper off, the Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic is making some changes in how it handles patients showing possible symptoms of COVID-19, the clinic announced in a news release.

The clinic set up a tent in the parking lot this summer to handle increased patient volume, but now that patient numbers are declining, the tent is coming down and the clinic will no longer see COVID patients on a walk-in basis.

Instead, anyone with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to call 541-575-0404 to make an appointment. Patients will be instructed on where to park and will be able to remain in their vehicles for testing. Symptoms can include fever or chills, cough, mild respiratory or breathing issues, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The clinic, located at 180 Ford Road in John Day, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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