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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Screening, testing options for COVID-19

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For Douglas County residents experiencing possible symptoms for COVID-19, there are clinics and sites that do offer weekend testing options.

Linda Craig, Director of Clinic Services, said anyone experiencing emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathing, they should always seek emergency care. Most people do experience mild symptoms and are able to recover at home.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health maintains the Coronavirus hotline, 785-856-4343. The line is answered on weekends by LMH Health staff, and any voicemail messages will be returned beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

Lawrence-Douglas Public Health staff are available to administer tests at a drive-up site near the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

If anyone is in need potential testing on the weekend, screening and possible testing options include:

- Prompt Care — Call 785-838-1510 for pre-screening before coming to urgent care if you are ill. Curbside visits are utilized in some cases, and all potential COVID-like patients are isolated away from others. COVID-19 nasal swab tests are collected outside the building and sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing, and results will be available in approximately two to five days, but vary based on volume.

- MedExpress clinic — Call 785-841-3123.

- CVS drive-up testing site, 2300 Iowa St. — Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, June 12 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

Craig said it is important to always call ahead or make appointment before showing up at a clinic or site.

Potential symptoms include 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 or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or, diarrhea.