Augusta University promoting free COVID-19 virtual screening tool

Augusta University (AU) is promoting the availability of a free ‘COVID-19 Virtual Screening’ tool.

AU says that patients who have COVID-19 symptoms “can now be screened and tested for COVID-19 more quickly, thanks to a partnership between Augusta University Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).”

AU adds that “patients can receive free virtual screenings for coronavirus (COVID-19), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no appointment required, when they visit the AU Health COVID-19 Virtual Screening website or download the AU Health Express Care app for Apple or Android devices.”

AU notes that if a patient tests positive for COVID-19 “the information will automatically be sent to DPH, which will schedule the patient for testing at their closest drive-thru location.”

AU also stresses that, “In addition to expanding care for people without ready access to a health care provider, screening provided remotely could slow the spread of the virus by keeping a larger portion of patients out of emergency and prompt care facilities.”

AU emphasizes that, “The virtual screening app can be used everywhere in Georgia, including Augusta.”

In terms of the process, AU explains that, “During the virtual screening, the provider will ask about common symptoms of infection and duration, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, as well as questions related to medical history and risk of virus exposure. Patients who screen positive will be directed on appropriate next steps, which could include visiting the hospital for further testing. Those who test negative will be provided their visit summary and directed to an appropriate care site for further evaluation and treatment.”

AU has screened more than 2,000 people on this virtual basis to date