COLUMBUS, Ohio – In response to latest wave of COVID-19 in central Ohio, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is teaming up with CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, to open new site COVID-19 driving test today.
The new test site is located on the first floor of the CAS parking lot at 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. It will have the capacity to test up to 1,000 people every day. Testing services will be offered Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. COVID-19 tests will be open to the entire community by appointment only.
“We know testing is an important tool in our battle against COVID-19,” said Dr. Andrew Thomas, interim co-leader and clinical director of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “We remain committed to supporting the central Ohio community and responding to the growing demand for COVID-19 testing. At this point, our goal is to test people with symptoms of COVID-19 and those with significant exposure to people known to have COVID-19. Knowing your COVID status can help you avoid spreading this virus to family members, friends, and others with whom you have close contact. “
Starting Monday, January 3, anyone with an Ohio State MyChart account will be able to schedule a COVID-19 test on their own at the new CAS site. For those who do not have a MyChart account or would like to schedule a test at another Ohio State Wexner Medical Center testing site, please call your Ohio State health care provider or the COVID call center at 614-293-4000 to schedule your test.
The new drive-thru test site will replace the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 test site at 650 Ackerman Road. It will be made up of the clinical team from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center as well as 10 members of the Ohio National Guard who are among those deployed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to assist healthcare facilities in the Ohio to respond to the winter spike in COVID-19 cases.
“On behalf of all of my colleagues at CAS, we are proud to partner with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to provide this vital community service aimed at improving health, wellness and safety,” said Manuel Guzman, president of CASE. “It’s another example that when we join forces to strengthen our community, we can have an even greater impact together. “
Media Contact: Serena Smith, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, [email protected]