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Beaumont coronavirus screenings underway as doctor issues important warning

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 09:30:36-04

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (WXYZ) — According to Dr. Joel Fishbain, an infectious disease specialist with Beaumont Hospital, workers have seen a dramatic uptick in the number of people arriving at their Grosse Pointe location to be evaluated for Coronavirus.

“We are asking everyone to follow certain protocols before getting here to be screened, meaning calling the hotline to first be screened virtually by phone, to not delay things for others,” says Fishbain.

Those who are concerned about experiencing symptoms are urged to first call (800) 592-4784.

The hospital tells us costs will be determined by patients' insurance providers, and only those evaluated as needing an actual test will receive one.

“We are going to speak with some about this and evaluate their needs from their vehicles, before they exit and enter the emergency room area if necessary,” says Fishbain.

Those who wish to be screened in person can visit Beaumont Hospital locations from 7 am to 7 pm, Mon-Fri & 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Beaumont nurses are wearing facial protection and taking other steps for safety as well.

“I do anticipate a spike in the number of reported cases, now that more people have access to testing,” adds Fishbain.