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WATCH NOW: YRMC offers details on free drive-thru coronavirus testing


Hospital to offer testing on Saturday, May 9

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls and the President and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Dr. Robert Trenschel announced Friday evening they're teaming up to provide drive-thru testing for coronavirus.

Mayor Nicholls and Dr. Trenschel made a joint statement live on Facebook Friday afternoon:

The drive-thru clinic will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot at the Yuma Civic and Convention Center.

Dr. Trenschel says the number of patients tested during the drive-thru clinic will depend on the number of tests available at that time. He says health care workers will be administering "PCR tests." That's the type involving a long swab inserted through the nasal cavity. The doctor says it's uncomfortable, but not painful.

The doctor also says YRMC is working in conjunction with the University of Arizona to acquire coronavirus antibody testing. Dr. Trenschel says he'll have more details on that program as plans solidify.

YRMC Drive-thru Coronavirus Testing
Saturday, May 9, 2020
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Yuma Civic & Convention Center
1440 W Desert Hills Drive
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