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Testing for COVID-19

If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care provider. We ask that you do not go directly to the clinic as a precautionary measure to protect other patients and healthcare workers.

How would I get tested for the Coronavirus?

Please contact your primary care provider if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion nor runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.

Your provider may order a respiratory panel first to rule out other respiratory viruses prior to testing for COVID-19 depending upon the circumstances. Not every person that wants to be tested can be. In order to ensure an adequate supply of testing and to preserve the resources for those that should be tested (defined by the CDC), testing is approved only for those people who need it.

If you have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive, you may be eligible for testing. Please contact your primary care provider or West Central District Health Department.

Your physician and West Central Public Health District (WCDHD) will together decide if you meet the criteria for testing. If you do, your physician will write an order for the test and our scheduling department will call you to schedule the date and time for specimen collection through our drive-through testing lab. The drive-through testing site is staffed by GPHealth healthcare workers and open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients need approval from their physician or WCDHD to be tested at the drive-through site. This is not a walk-in testing site.

  • The GPHealth laboratory will process specimen and send it to the appropriate lab for testing
  • The test takes approximately 72 hours depending on capacity
  • You will be asked to self-isolate until test results are available
  • You will receive results from the ordering physician and your MyChart patient portal

Patients at higher risk for serious illness

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, cancer or diabetes, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the
COVID-19 illness.

People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. There are some proven therapies that you may be eligible for, however timing is a factor. Your primary care doctor will help you determine the best course of treatment for you.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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