Local urgent care busy with COVID-19 testing

Urgent Care Omaha started testing last week
Posted at 10:17 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:17:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Last week, Urgent Care Omaha launched their drive-up, appointment only, COVID-19 testing. Now the urgent care says they're busier than ever testing patients.

"The workflow has been successful. It was a labor at the beginning but we adjusted and it's worked out well for us," Urgent Care Omaha nurse practitioner Jesse Gabriel said.

Since starting the drive-up testing they say they feel safer, by reducing risk and doing all the testing outside. The appointments have been filling up.

"In the last week we've done probably 70 to 80 tests. We're getting about a 10 percent return on COVID positive screenings," Gabriel said.

However, it hasn't been easy for the health care professionals. Following federal, state and local guidelines, they can't test everyone.

"You get people who are angry. They're angry because they don't qualify for a test. They don't have symptoms and they don't have any exposure but they still want to be tested," Urgent Care Omaha owner Michelle Mertz said.

The Urgent Care Omaha and Bellevue locations are offering the COVID-19 testing. Their Rockbrook location is for all other urgent care services like cuts and bruises.

Call ahead to make an appointment.