HCMH announces symptomatic drive-thru COVID testing by appointment

The new HCMH Ambulance Garage north of the hospital on 15th Street North is the drive-thru testing site for symptomatic COVID-19 patients in the community. People experiencing symptoms are asked to call the hospital at (515) 332-4200 for an appointment. Appointments are taken between 9-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Symptomatic Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site will open again for individuals looking for Symptomatic COVID-19 testing in Humboldt.
The drive-thru testing site is located in the new HCMH Ambulance Garage off 15th Street and will be accepting symptomatic patients by appointment only. Patients will need to call (515) 332-4200 to schedule an appointment. The Symptomatic Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site will be open Monday-Friday from 9–11 a.m. Upon arrival, patients will need to pull into the ambulance garage from the west, complete the registration process and be tested.
Patients will be tested using two swabs. The first is a rapid antigen test that will have results in approximately 15 minutes. If the results come back positive, you have COVID-19 and need to isolate for 10 days. If your rapid test returns negative, we will test your second swab in-house for a confirmatory result. You will have this result by the end of the business day. Patients who test negative with the initial test will be recommended to self-isolate until they receive their PCR second test result.
HCMH also offers Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. No appointment is required. Patients will need to enter in HCMH’s main entrance, stop at the HCMH registration desk to be registered and screened for COVID-19, including temperature, prior to testing. All patients will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
If you are needing tested to travel, please call (515) 332-4200 before arriving. Different countries are requiring different COVID-19 tests and we want to ensure you are receiving the appropriate type of test.
If you are experiencing any of these COVID-19 symptoms; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestions or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea please make an appointment with our Symptomatic Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site or contact your primary healthcare provider. If you need emergency care, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.
Please visit www.humboldthospital.org for details or call (515) 332-4200.
Appointments continue to be available with your primary care provider at UnityPoint Clinic Humboldt Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and at the HCMH Walk-In Clinic on Fridays from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Editor’s note: Information changed from the earlier press release that appeared on page 4D of the Dec. 23, Humboldt Independent. Negative test confirmatory results will be conducted in-house and not sent out as previously reported.

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