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CASA GRANDE — Banner Health is offering testing for the coronavirus. However, potential patients need to call in to see if they meet the current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria before they can be tested.

“Currently we are testing patients at Banner clinics, urgent cares and emergency rooms,” stated Jeffrey Stensland, from Banner’s Marketing & Public Relations Department. “Information about that testing process is available on our website. Only those who meet CDC criteria for testing will be tested. We are exploring alternative testing sites at this time. We anticipate having more information available for you about these testing sites on Thursday.”

According to Banner’s website, which also offers a coronavirus symptom checker, in order to be tested for the virus a potential patient will have to call into a Banner Health clinic, urgent care center or emergency room and speak with a medical professional.

That medical professional will evaluate the person’s symptoms and if they believe the person may have the virus, an appointment will be made and the potential patient will be given instructions in how to enter the medical facility safely for testing.

Banner operates three hospitals in Pinal County — Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, 1800 E. Florence Blvd.; Banner Goldfield Medical Center, 2050 W. Southern Ave., Apache Junction; and Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road, Queen Creek.

Florence Hospital, a Campus of Mountain Vista Medical Center, is exploring its options for COVID-19 screenings. They are looking to offer remote testing for those who are recommended by their primary care physician.

According to the CDC’s website, the criteria for getting tested include symptoms such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, along with a recent exposure to someone who has the virus or travel from an area that has the virus.

The Arizona Poison Control System is now available to take COVID-19 calls from Arizona providers and the general public at 844-542-8201.

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