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War Memorial Hospital launches drive-thru COVID-19 evaluation station

Patients can call ahead when the clinic is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
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SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. – War Memorial Hospital (WMH) has created a COVID-19 Evaluation Drive-Thru outside its Nolte Street entrance in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The service will be open beginning

Tuesday, March 24, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. After that, the evaluation station will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The schedule may be adjusted based on volume and need.

The evaluation station is not a “testing center.” It is designed as a place to obtain triage care from healthcare providers who will evaluate a person’s risk and presence of symptoms. The healthcare provider will determine and prescribe the course of treatment needed. WMH personnel will provide guidelines on keeping individuals and their families healthy and guidelines for quarantine if advised.

Having the evaluation station outside will allow healthcare providers to help individuals while ensuring potentially infected people don’t enter the facility. Patients can call ahead at 906-253-2703 (answered during drive-thru hours).

Patients will need to bring specific items with them to the evaluation station:

  • Insurance card
  • Personal Identification
  • Pen
  • Cell phone
  • Paper with cell phone number written on it

Patients should take these steps when utilizing the WMH COVID-19 Evaluation Drive-Thru:

  1. Pull vehicle up to the Nolte St. entrance from the East (near Riverside Medical) and exit via Pine St.
  2. Remain inside vehicle with windows up
  3. Complete paperwork while inside vehicle.

The WMH hotline is open every weekday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to help address concerns and answer questions about COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at 906- 632-5922. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers a hotline as well. It can be reached at 888-535-6136 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

For the safety of all involved, patients seeking care in the Emergency Department are asked to call ahead to 906-635-4402, so hospital personnel can prepare.

Patients with non-respiratory issues are encouraged to utilize the WMH Community Care Clinics in Sault Ste. Marie and Kinross. The Sault Ste. Marie Clinic is open seven days per week, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and the Kinross Clinic is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To stay up to date on the latest news and information from WMH on COVID-19, please visit here.