Providers team up on virus exams
Area companies also to test for strep throat, flu, other maladies
AUSTINTOWN — Mike Marantis, who helped to get Mahoning Valley residents tested for COVID-19, is teaming up with several local medical providers to test for the virus now — and for multiple maladies when flu season begins in the coming months.
Family nurse practitioner Andrea Dean of On Demand Occupational Medicine, 5760 Patriot Blvd., Austintown, explained that On Demand is using test kits from TEN Healthcare to test patients one time for COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus and strep throat.
Marantis is owner of CornerStone Medical Services, a distributorship aligned with TEN Healthcare.
Other area companies with which TEN Healthcare are working are Parkman Medical Group in Warren, Champion Med Express Care, Youngstown Internal Medicine and Quick Med Urgent Care in Youngstown and Cortland.
On Demand started out as a drug-testing company but expanded a year ago into its new facility near the Cracker Barrel restaurant off state Route 46 to include primary care, urgent care and other services.
On Demand is offering COVID-19 testing to the companies for which it has provided various occupational services such as drug testing and physicals over the years “to keep their employees healthy, safe,” Dean said.
Results come back from TEN Healthcare in about 24 to 48 hours. The patient calls to make an appointment, drives to On Demand at the appointment time and then speaks with Dean over the telephone to discuss whether he or she is sick.
Then Dean listens to the patient’s heart and lungs and checks vital signs to determine the person’s overall health.
“I don’t want to test you for COVID and send you on your way. I want to test you for COVID, and I want to make sure you don’t have pneumonia. I want to make sure I don’t have to send you to the hospital,” she said.
“As we approach flu season, TEN Healthcare offers a test where we can check for COVID-19, flu, RSV and strep throat,” she said.
“They are all similar in many ways, in the presentation. Symptoms are similar, so it’s hard to (know which one) without the testing,” she said.