By Shereen Siewert

Aspirus on Tuesday announced expanded COVID-19 testing capability to include any screened patients who are displaying symptoms.

Previously, only patients meeting specific criteria were tested.

Aspirus System Laboratory Director Deakin Washatko called the shift a step forward in making the community safer.

“Expanded testing will let symptomatic patients know if they are infected with COVID-19 as well as help Aspirus open up more procedures,” Washatko said, adding that testing could allow some businesses to ensure employees are returning to a safe environment.

According to an Aspirus news release, the limited number of tests in the area played a role in postponing procedures at local facilities. Aspirus Senior System Physician Executive Dr. Ryan Andrews said the increase in testing will pave the way for allowing more procedures.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should first call their primary care provider. The Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center number is 844-568-0701.

Top photo courtesy of Aspirus