COVID testing scaled back at WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital

In conjunction with WVUHS (WVU Health System), starting Monday, April 18, WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital will be instituting a scaled back approach to COVID 19 testing.

The facility will not require COVID 19 testing for preoperative, admission, and pre-sleep lab patients routinely. Screening for active signs/symptoms of COVID 19 infection will continue to occur and based upon the clinical finding a COVID 19 test may be warranted if a patient is symptomatic.

However, it is important to note that masking for all visitors still will be required. Social distancing also will continue to be observed.

Continued assessment of COVID 19 Community Levels will occur by Infection Control and senior leadership to monitor the level in surrounding communities and determine when changes to the COVID 19 testing directives are warranted for the facility.

Meanwhile, beginning Saturday, April 16, WVU Medicine is implementing a more passive approach to screening patients and visitors to its hospitals and clinics.

All visitors can perform “COVID self-checks” at the entry points and opt not to enter if they’re experiencing any symptoms. Security no longer will be performing the screenings.