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Pardee ER sets up check-in station; screening site temporarily closed

The Pardee/UNC Health emergency department has set up a designated check-in station for patients experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. Pardee also announced that it had closed the screening site at BRCC on Thursday after testing nearly 300 people.


 The designated check-in station for patients experiencing cough, fever and/or respiratory symptomswill be located at the entrance of the Emergency Department, where patients will be assessed and escorted to a separate waiting area. The check-in station will be open from noon to 9 p.m. and evaluated daily for additional needs or changes in time. All visitors will continue to be screened through the current restrictions screening process upon entry.

At the close of screening at BRCC on Thursday, Pardee had administered more than 280 COVID-19 tests at the drive-through screening site. The site will reopen once additional test kits are available. "We ask for patience as we work with our suppliers to obtain additional test kits," Pardee said in a news release.

Patients experiencing symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and fever higher than 100 degrees, should continue to call the Pardee COVID-19 Helpline at 828-694-8048 to determine if they meet criteria for screening. If they do, they will be asked to self-quarantine at home until such time as the screening site is reopened.

The Helpline is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Please do not go to an Urgent Care or Emergency Department for testing. Pardee Hospital will not be able to provide testing to non-hospitalized patients. Additional updates can be found at