Ontario hospital and state official gear up as patients seek testing

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ONTARIO – Local residents who seek COVID-19 virus testing should call their primary care provider instead of going to the emergency room at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario.

“It is important to utilize primary care and urgent care to triage in order to keep the ER available for true emergencies,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

The hospital also recently canceled or delayed scheduled procedures, a move that will free up personnel to meet a surge of COVID . . .