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Drive-through COVID-19 testing center opens in Huntington
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall Health, Mountain Health Network and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department opened a drive-through testing center Thursday in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Center for Education (CFE) at 2853 5th Avenue, for pre-screened patients with a valid order from a physician to be tested for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The drive-through is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Individuals should bring their physician order, insurance information and a valid ID with them. Testing supplies remain limited, so even with a physician order, individuals will be screened again on site to ensure they meet the testing criteria outlined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Patients remain in their vehicles to receive a swab test. Physicians, nurses and staff from Marshall Health will be on site to administer the screening and test. Test results are available in about three to five days.
Among the screening questions asked are:
- Do you have a fever, cough or new shortness of breath?
- Have you traveled internationally or outside the tri-state area within the last 14 days?
- Have you been on a cruise in the last 14 days?
- Have you been exposed to anyone with confirmed COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?
- Are you considered high risk due to age or pre-existing health conditions?
“It is our goal to make community-wide testing available in the region, but test kits are still in short supply nationwide,” said Larry D. Dial, M.D., chief medical officer of Marshall Health. “So, we’re working collaboratively to test patients according to the testing criteria.”
To assist patients with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Marshall Health has established a call-in line staffed by nurses 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 304-696-2900.
For patients with symptoms of COVID-19, health officials stress the importance of calling their provider rather than coming to a clinic or coming to the drive-in sites. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms—fever, cough and shortness of breath—or who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, can also call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 24/7, toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 304-526-6544, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“Partnerships between agencies is what makes our community so strong and able to respond in these challenging times,” said Michael E. Kilkenny, M.D., physician director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.
Physicians with questions may contact the drive-through testing site at 304-696-2220. Physicians may also fax COVID-19 testing orders directly to the drive-through location at 304-696-2239.
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