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Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals offering priority COVID-19 testing for first responders

“First responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and we believe it is vital to ensure they have immediate access to testing."

CLEVELAND — As Northeast Ohio's battle against the spread of coronavirus continues, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic have updated their testing protocols to prioritize first responders.

The groups included in the priority testing program include:

  • EMS and Fire personnel
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement

“First responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and we believe it is vital to ensure they have immediate access to testing,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “As partners together in this, we want to further support those serving our communities to ensure they remain healthy so they continue to provide the critical services they bring to the public.”

“We consider first responders our valued partners in the fight against COVID-19, and will do all we can to protect them and our UH caregivers while caring for the community,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals.

The hospitals say testing criteria and information will be communicated to first responder and law enforcement offices.

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