Long Beach officials made several significant announcements Friday, including the opening of a new walk-up clinic at Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus, where individuals can be assessed and possibly tested for coronavirus.
The walk-up clinic and a new field hospital with 100 beds at the Long Beach Arena are intended to relieve stress on local hospitals. Both will be staffed by members of the Long Beach Medical Reserves Corps, which consists of volunteer medical professionals from the community, including doctors, nurses, medical assistants and nurse practitioners.
What it will do
The walk-up clinic will provide medical assistance to those who otherwise might be compelled to go to an emergency room for assessment of symptoms.
Staff there can renew medication prescriptions for those with routine health issues. Those who need renewals should bring a list of all current medications, or pill bottles if you have them.
Those who have a cough, fever without a rash, sore throat or moderate flu-like symptoms will be evaluated in a separate area, and, based on medical assessment, may be referred for testing for COVID-19.
What it won’t do
It will not provide treatment, take X-rays or fill new prescriptions on site.
The clinic will not provide drive-thru testing. The city is still working to provide a location for this, with information expected next week.
Hours and location
The walk-up clinic, or Rapid Assessment Clinic, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, starting Monday, April 6.
Parking will be available in the campus lot near Orange Avenue, north of Pacific Coast Highway. Signage will be present to direct individuals to the clinic tents. The campus is located at 1305 Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.
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