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Vanderbilt screens 3K for COVID-19, establishes testing sites

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 14:10:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Vanderbilt University Medical Center has screened about 3,000 people for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, as of Tuesday morning.

The medical center has also established several testing sites for patients and employees with respiratory illnesses who need assessment for the virus.

  • Nashville/Melrose: Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic - 2608 Eighth Avenue S., Suite 102A
  • Nashville/Bellevue: Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic - 7069-B, Highway 70 S.
  • Belle Meade: Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic - 4534 Harding Pike
  • Spring Hill: Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic - 3098 Campbell Station Parkway, Suite 100
  • Cool Springs: Vanderbilt Health and Williamson County Walk-In Clinic - 1834 W. McEwen Dr., Suite 110
  • Brentwood: Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic - 134 Pewitt Dr., Suite 200
  • Franklin: Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic - 919 Murfreesboro Road
  • Nolensville: Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic - 940 Oldham Drive
  • Mt. Juliet: Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic - 64 Belinda Parkway, Suite 200A
  • Gallatin: Vanderbilt Primary Care - 300 Steam Plant Rd., Suite 430
  • Clarksville: Vanderbilt Primary Care - 800 Weatherly St., Suite 201B

Vanderbilt said clinicians will not be screening or treating patients for respiratory illnesses at Vanderbilt Health Clinic or at Walgreens locations.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.