Plano primary care office expands COVID-19 testing to community

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Village Health Partners is now expanding testing for COVID-19 to the community and is working with the city of Plano on response to the pandemic.

The community is taking this seriously, and so are we.

All individuals experiencing coronavirus symptoms can receive COVID-19 testing at Village Health Partners in Plano at a drive-through testing center beginning March 30.

Village Health Partners was one of the first testing centers in Texas and began public testing for first responders, medical workers and high-risk residents on March 16. As of March 27, they tested more than 400 patients and discovered more than 30 positive tests, a significant percentage of the total cases in Collin County.

“Plano is being hit particularly hard right now because of how integrated the community and businesses are throughout North Texas,” said Keith Eppich, Village Health Partners vice president and physician. “We have a strong relationship with the City of Plano and have provided testing to their first responders through a concierge level of care, including prioritization of appointments. We see them virtually to triage their symptoms, evaluate them, and test them the same day, making the process seamless. Healthcare workers and first responders don’t have the luxury of staying at home. We have to have these individuals to run the city and to assist us all during this pandemic.”

Village Health Partners is also supporting the city of Plano on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by advising on the city of Plano’s response to employees that test positive for COVID-19. Together, Village Health Partners and the city developed protocols and thresholds for testing and devised a return-to-work strategy.

“The city of Plano’s response to this has been extraordinary in not only helping to flatten the curve, but also in helping keep our community safe,” Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Figures said. “We are honored to serve our local municipality, their front-line team and Plano’s residents through our partnership.”

Village Health Partners also extended an offer for pandemic management advising to other nearby cities. In early April, Village Health Partners will expand the number of testing locations to further support the demand of testing in North Texas.

“Village Health Partners is proud to serve our community by providing testing to those who really need it,” Figures said. “We are fortunate to be able to provide peace of mind to people who are especially impacted.”

To qualify for a test, individuals must be screened through a telehealth visit and receive orders from a physician. Tests are currently conducted at a drive-through clinic on site at the Independence Medical Village location, located at 8080 Independence Parkway in Plano. All testing is completed outdoors to minimize exposure and to limit the spread of COIVD-19.

“The community is taking this seriously, and so are we,” Eppich said. “We want to ensure that everyone is safe – from the patients in their cars to our team members and other patients. As always, health and safety are our top priorities.”

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