MultiCare opens third respiratory clinic to meet COVID-19 demands

SPOKANE, Wash.–MultiCare Rockwood Clinic opened a third respiratory clinic Thursday to meet the rising demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data from Spokane Regional Health showed that confirmed daily infections have risen by over 80 percent in the last two weeks. Dr. Jessica McHugh said it’s been stressing the health care system.

“As we have seen with cases rising in the community, we are figuring out how to expand access in creative ways, in every way we can,” Dr. McHugh said.

Patients can visit the clinic at 400 East 5th Avenue if they’re experiencing respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Testing, including for COVID-19, will also be offered. The urgent care will also be in regular operations.  In addition to treating COVID-19 symptoms, the clinics offer care for all cold, influenza and related cases.

Dr. McHugh explained that there are extensive protocols in place to keep all patients safe in the building. Masks are required by visitors and staff. Patients with respiratory issues also have a separate entrance to use when they’re led to a private room for examination.

The other two respiratory clinic locations are in Moran Prairie at 3016 E. 57th and in Cheney at 19 North Seventh Street.

To book an appointment, patients need to call 509-233-5102 Monday through Friday, or contact the clinic directly during the weekend. Each of these clinics offer same-day appointments and walk-ins.

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