EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - In an effort to better accommodate both COVID-19 testing and vaccine traffic in downtown Evansville, Deaconess announced traffic patterns will change slightly near the former Deaconess Clinic Downtown building on Chestnut Street.
This drive-thru testing site is now the primary COVID-19 vaccine for the health system.
Moving forward, people lining up to be tested will enter Cherry Street from 6th Street, before entering the parking lot.
“We don’t want people coming out here and getting nervous because there’s a lot of congestion or cars backed up. Like I said, before there was a little bit, it wasn’t out of hand and we were able to handle it. But just to get out in front of it, we decided to change the flow of traffic.” said security manager Greg Webb.
Those arriving for vaccine appointments will enter the parking lot from 5th Street in front of the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.
“It’s incredible how dedicated they are to making sure that the patients and visitors have the best experience possible. Anytime somebody sees something and they think it could be an issue and they step up and say something. Deaconess is always open and willing to work and try to improve it,” said Webb.
To help with congestion, vaccine patients are asked to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before their appointment.