Good Shepherd Health Care System tried out its first drive-thru testing event on Monday, July 13, and hopes to provide more such opportunities in the future.
The event offered 160 slots for anyone interested, regardless of whether they were showing symptoms or had been exposed to a known COVID-19 case. Spokesperson Caitlin Cozad said people pre-registered for all of the slots, and Good Shepherd was able to get everyone who registered swabbed, with the exception of a few no-shows.
“Many of the individuals are needing to test in order to be able to return to work safely and some simply wanted to confirm their suspicion of symptoms and/or recent exposure,” she wrote in an email. “Our staff have worked tirelessly to be able to bring this COVID-19 testing event to our community safely and efficiently, and we hope to offer more drive-thru testing opportunities in the near future as resources and capacity allow.”
She said Lab Corp, which Good Shepherd contracts with to process the tests, takes anywhere from two to 10 days to return results.
People who participated and need a copy of their test results or their test results sent to their employer can request that by visiting gshealth.org/request-medical-records or by calling Good Shepherd’s Medical Records Department at 541-667-0621.
The preferred way for someone to request testing for COVID-19 is to call their primary care provider, but some organizations are starting to offer drive-thru options.
Benton-Franklin Health District has been offering COVID-19 testing on a first-come, first-served basis at the Toyota Center in Kennewick and the HAPO Center in Pasco, Washington.
Those testing sites are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No referral by a doctor is necessary, and testing is free, but patients should bring their medical insurance information if they have insurance.
The Oregon Health Authority is hosting a live question and answer session about COVID-19 testing and data on Wednesday, July 15, at 12:30 p.m. on its Facebook page.
Frequently asked questions and other testing information also are available on the health authority’s website at govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.