Oregon dentists put coronavirus screening on wheels

May 13 2020, 2:30 pm

Thanks to some very helpful dentists in Oregon, neighborhoods are able to conduct more COVID-19 tests with ease.

We’re all trying to adjust the way we conduct our every day, and businesses like dental hygiene practices are no different. A member of the dental team at Virginia Garcia clinic has partnered up with Pacific University to adapt their mobile dental vehicle to process and administer coronavirus screening tests.

“No doubt the COVID-19 crisis is inspiring many Oregonians to think creatively about how we can help fight this virus and serve people in our communities in new ways,” writes Angela Ward, Business Analyst at the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Using the Pacific University’s mobile clinic has allowed technicians to bring screening door to door in neighborhoods around town. The loan of the vehicle also keeps the Virginia Garcia clinic to maintain its normal course of outreach as we approach the summer.

“In the evenings during the summer, our mobile clinic goes to migrant work camps for medical care and outreach, so having Pacific University’s collaboration and support with their van allow that work to continue,” said Serena Cruz, executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation.

The clinic is offering coronavirus screenings at all of their locations, and mobile clinics five days a week in the Hillsboro Stadium area, as well as the Yamhill County Fairgrounds.