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Huntsville Hospital opens Fever & Flu Clinic

COVID-19 testing will be available at the clinic, but not all patients will be tested for coronavirus.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Hospital opened a new Fever & Flu Clinic at 120 Governors Drive on Wednesday, March 18, at 9:00 a.m. The clinic is located at the southwest corner of Governors Drive and Franklin Street (directly across from the hospital campus) and will operate Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The clinic is for children and adults ages 6 and older who are exhibiting a broad range of upper respiratory illnesses, including the flu, sore throat, strep throat, fevers, or potential exposure to COVID-19. 

Huntsville Hospital says that patients will only be tested for COVID-19 if testing is indicated by their clinic medical exam, and not all patients will be tested for COVID-19.

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If you go to the Fever & Flu Clinic, you're preliminary registration information will be collected while you remain in the car. You should bring your photo ID, insurance card, and cell phone, if you have one. 

You will wait in your car until the clinic either calls you on your cell phone or a hospital attendant comes to get you when it's time for your evaluation.

One Huntsville resident who was tested for the flu at the clinic the day it opened said he waited for about an hour to be called and said it took around 30 minutes for his exam. He said, “It’s a very clean facility. They’re doing a great job. I highly recommend anybody who thinks they might have been exposed to come get tested because you could have negative or mild symptoms, but still have it an expose other people.”

The hospital says only one patient will be allowed inside the clinic at a time, unless the patient is between the ages 6-18 years of age or is elderly and needs assistance. 

The clinic visit will be billed to your health insurance; no money will be collected at the clinic. 

This hospital advises "As always, any person with a medical emergency such as shortness of breath or respiratory distress should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department."

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