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Charlotte Observer: New life for closed Charlotte diner: Drive-thru COVID-19 testing starts at Art’s BBQ

The Charlotte Observer posted this March 27, 2020, story by Hannah Smoot on the opening of Tryon Medical Partners’ second remote testing clinic, to expedite flu and COVID-19 testing, and keep Tryon Medical Partners’ offices safe for health patients.

Read below for highlights of the story, and please read the entire article on The Charlotte Observer website.

  • The independent medical practice will open a drive-thru testing clinic at 1 p.m. Friday at 900 East Morehead Street, formerly Art’s BBQ & Deli. An appointment is required and patients must first be screened by a doctor with the practice before being tested at the center. Patients are urged to call their doctor prior to arriving at a medical facility if they suspect they have COVID-19.
  • Tryon Medical’s first Charlotte-area drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic opened March 17 on Matthews Township Parkway and saw nearly 50 patients in the first day. Both locations will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tryon CEO Dale Owen said the tests usually take four days to receive results.
  • “We still have an opportunity to starve the virus by stepping up our social distancing and quarantine efforts — but everyone must change their daily routine to stop this virus,” he said in a statement Friday.
  • The drive-thru testing clinic is open to Tryon Medical patients. New patients can register with the practice before testing.
  • Patients at the Tryon Medical testing clinic will first be tested for the flu, according to the practice. If the flu test is negative, doctors will test for COVID-19.
  • Tryon Medical serves more than 130,000 in the Charlotte region.