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Memorial Health System respiratory screening clinic in Decatur closes


A respiratory screening clinic that has operated at Decatur Memorial Hospital’s ExpressCare East since March 19 closed Friday.

            Going forward, the clinic at 4455 U.S. Route 36 East will serve only patients needing COVID-19 testing as they prepare for surgical procedures at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Patients with respiratory symptoms such as cough, chest congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing and fever still can receive screening and evaluation by calling 217-876-1200. Any callers who needs a COVID-19 test will be referred to Crossing Healthcare, a federally qualified health center at 320 E. Central Ave.

The decision to close the respiratory clinic was prompted by the increased availability of COVID-19 testing in the Decatur area, said Jay Roszhart, president of Memorial Health System’s Ambulatory Group.

Decatur Memorial Hospital ExpressCare North, at 3131 N. Water St., remains open to serve patients on a walk-in basis.