UH Fever Clinics
University Hospitals Fever Clinics provide fast, safe medical attention should you develop COVID-19 symptoms. Our Fever Clinic medical staff are specially trained and equipped to treat patients who suspect they have coronavirus.
Who Should Go To a UH Fever Clinic?
UH Fever Clinics are specifically geared toward treating people who have a fever, defined as a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or other COVID-19 symptoms, such as extreme fatigue or severe cough.
People with these symptoms will be tested for COVID-19, with results available within five days; most results are available within 48 hours. University Hospitals can turn the test results around quickly because we use our own laboratories, rather than a commercial lab, as do drug stores and other businesses that sell COVID-19 self-administered home tests.
Avoid the ER
If you develop a fever with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or other symptoms of COVID-19, a UH Fever Clinic is the best place to go first, instead of the emergency room or an urgent care.
The emergency department prioritizes seeing their sickest patients first, so if you are only mildly symptomatic, you will likely wait to be seen and could inadvertently expose others to the virus. Go to the ER if you have COVID-19 symptoms plus chest pain, severe shortness of breath or severe dehydration.
Why Go To a UH Fever Clinic?
Diagnosing and treating COVID-19 is the focus of UH Fever Clinics, so you will be seen by an experienced clinician quickly. Because UH Fever Clinic staff focuses on one medical condition, they have developed a depth and breadth of expertise and experience in treating COVID-19.
Unlike purchasing a self-administered home test at a drugstore, by coming to a UH Fever Clinic, you will have the full clinical expertise of UH medical providers to support you. You can be confident that your health is in trusted, competent and compassionate hands. Our clinicians will review your medical history, administer the test correctly, provide timely results and then guide you through next steps -- whatever your test result may be.
UH Fever Clinic providers and staff have special training, medical supplies and equipment to diagnose and treat COVID-19, and are outfitted with full Personal Protective Equipment.
Testing at a UH Fever Clinic
COVID-19 tests are not a screening method for coronavirus, but are used to confirm suspected cases in people with symptoms of infection. It’s not necessary to be tested for COVID-19 unless you have symptoms such as fever, fatigue or cough.
University Hospitals will not test patients for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic, unless they are undergoing surgery at one of our facilities. This is to focus limited medical resources on those with the highest probability of infection and avoid unnecessary testing of people who are likely to be well.
What Happens after the COVID-19 Test?
If your test results show you have COVID-19, it’s likely you can recover at home without the need for a doctor’s care or hospitalization. But you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible, particularly in your home, to avoid spreading the virus. Our UH Fever Clinic clinicians can provide support and advice on how to recover from the virus at home.
Need to See Us? Here’s What To Do
UH Fever Clinics are conveniently located across Northeast Ohio. We request that patients schedule their appointments online. You can do this by finding a fever clinic location close to you.