As we’ve noted in recent weeks, urgent care had a tough time of it through much of 2020, from challenges in receiving COVID-19 testing supplies to patients who were unnecessarily afraid to visit their local urgent care center. Now, though, in spite of again being overlooked as a potentially valuable partner in vaccinating the country against the virus, visits to urgent care centers are actually up 67% vs the previous 3-year average according to data from the Urgent Care Association. More than half of urgent care centers are seeing an average of 53 patients per day. Even coronavirus testing is on the rise finally, as U.S. urgent care centers are conducting a quarter of all tests in the country.
The Good News: Urgent Care Visits Are Climbing in the New Year