Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center Offers Drive-Through and Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing Starting Aug. 31st

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Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, will offer drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing for Wheeler patients and the general public, weather permitting, starting on August 31, 2020, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon. No doctor's note or previous visit is needed for this type of testing, and the public is welcome. Symptoms are not required for testing.

“We are pleased to offer this service to residents of Waterbury and surrounding communities,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “During this crisis, it’s important for individuals to have access to testing resources so that they know their status and can protect and maintain their own health, as well as the health and safety of their loved ones.”

Individuals should bring an insurance card and/or form of identification, if they have it. Services are provided in English and Spanish. All participants will receive a follow-up phone call from Wheeler in 3-5 days to review test results.

The latest news on early test location closings or altered hours based on weather can be found at WheelerClinic.org/covid-testing.

In addition to drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing services in Waterbury, Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center offers COVID-19 virus and antibody tests for current Wheeler patients at its other community health centers, including:

10 North Main Street, Bristol
75 North Mountain Road, New Britain
43 Woodland Street, Hartford
 – Drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing are also offered to the general public at this location. Wheeler patients at this facility are encouraged to visit the drive-through or walk-up testing service.

As part of its broad range of integrated care services, and commitment to promoting the overall health and well-being of individuals and families, Wheeler’s Waterbury community health center offers free backpacks filled with school supplies, including face masks and hand sanitizer, for every child receiving a back-to-school physical, including immunizations, while supplies last. Backpacks also are offered at Wheeler’s Bristol and Hartford community health centers. For details, visit: WheelerClinic.org/child-health.

In addition, through an expanded partnership with West Granby-based Holcomb Farm, fresh produce is available at no cost to Wheeler patients during late summer and fall at the 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury location on Wednesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  This distribution is made possible through a $12,000 commitment from Wheeler through private donations and a $12,000 matching gift from The Friends of Holcomb Farm through their Fresh Access Program. Fresh produce for Wheeler patients also is available at the organization’s community health centers in Bristol, Hartford, and New Britain. For more information, visit: WheelerClinic.org/farm-fresh.

For more information about COVID-19 testing services, contact Wheeler's Navigation Center at 888.793.3500 to talk to a Wheeler provider about available options.

About Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center, 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury
Wheeler’s community health center at 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, offers an expanded array of primary care and behavioral health services for members of the whole family, including medication-assisted treatment for addiction, through walk-in, appointments, and telehealth and telemedicine services. On-site Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy and Quest Diagnostics services allow for one-stop convenience. Thanks in part to a grant from the American Savings Foundation, NARCAN®, a medication that reverses overdoses, is available free to patients and families who do not otherwise have access to it.

Wheeler’s Waterbury Family Health & Wellness Center is its fourth community health center, with other locations in Bristol, Hartford, and New Britain. As a federally qualified health center, Wheeler is part of a network of community health centers nationwide that provide affordable, accessible health care for more than 29 million Americans.

Wheeler has provided a wide array of services in the Brass City since 1986, and currently operates two offices and numerous programs in the city, including foster care, in-home family therapy, and alcohol and substance misuse education programming.

Wheeler’s Waterbury community health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health insurance welcome. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services.

About Wheeler
Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages health, recovery, and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education, and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 30,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: www.wheelerclinic.org