Coronavirus: Drive-thru testing begins outside Yorba Linda hospital for referred patients

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Cars lined up as Orange County's St. Jude Heritage Medical Group began a testing a drive-thru screening system for possible coronavirus patients.

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County is testing a drive-thru system that may streamline screening for coronavirus.

Cars were seen lining up on Tuesday for the screening of possible COVID-19 patients in Yorba Linda. However, the program is not for everyone.

Conducted in the parking lot of St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, the drive-thru service is being offered only to patients whose medical providers have determined they have symptoms of the virus and are in need of a test.

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People who arrive at the testing site without a referral will be turned away, officials said.

In a statement, St. Jude Heritage Medical Group urged members of the public to contact their health-care providers or the Department of Public Health to determine if they have coronavirus' key symptoms -- fever, a dry cough and difficulty breathing.

People with very mild symptoms are urged to stay home in consideration of others who may be suffering from severe symptoms.