CityMD and ChoiceOne are among the growing numbers of urgent care operators who are offering no-cost COVID-19 to uninsured individuals at certain locations. New York City has estimated that CityMD is conducting 6,000 tests at 123 locations every day, currently. The city plans to deploy an “army of tracers” to follow up with contacts of those who test positive in the near future. Meanwhile, ChoiceOne is offering free testing to patients in its Baltimore, Caroline, Harford, and Talbot county (Maryland) locations for people who are symptomatic. Clearly, this will engender tremendous goodwill in communities where the offer stands while also reflecting a proactive approach to supporting public health. While such widespread testing would be beyond the scope of most urgent care operators, consider ways that you could support the communities you serve—for their good as well as their own.
Urgent Care Centers Are Stepping Up by Offering Free COVID-19 Testing