Drive-thru respiratory clinic set up in Kearney

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Family Practice Associates have put up a tent that will serve as our drive-through respiratory clinic.

A drive-thru respiratory clinic has been set up in Kearney. (Source: Kearney Family Practice Associates, P.C. Facebook)

They said they can safely and conveniently test their patients for influenza and other respiratory issues right from their own cars. This allows them to provide excellent care to sick patients, while keeping our well patients inside and well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or sore throat, contact us ahead of time at 308-865-2767. The nursing staff will discuss your symptoms with you, and direct you to the next steps, which may include a virtual visit or an appointment through our drive-through respiratory clinic.

Family Practice Associates said on its Facebook page:
"We would like to thank Buffalo County Emergency Management and the Central Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps for providing this tent and helping us set it up so that we may better serve Kearney. Thank you for your commitment to our community! You are invaluable resources!"

Remember at this time, the CDC has restrictions for testing of COVID-19 due to the limited number of tests at this time, and only advises COVID-19 testing for vulnerable patients who are at risk, and other target groups.

The respiratory clinic is designed to identify other illnesses that may be causing symptoms and allow providers to make recommendations for further testing, if needed. It is not designed for mass COVID-19 testing at this time.