BMH responds to potential increase in COVID-19 cases due to vacationing with drive-thru testing and
While vacation travel increases during the summer months, so does the potential for more COVID-19 cases. Boone Memorial Hospital remains proactive in maintaining a state of
"Our goal has, and continues to be, that of aggressive preparedness, not panic," said hospital CEO, Virgil Underwood. "We understand that the probability for cases to rise after local residents return from vacation is a valid concern. Therefore, we want to remain ready for a potential influx of coronavirus cases."
The hospital has reintroduced the tent screening process at both its Emergency Room and Family Medical Center Walk-In entrances. The soft screening of all staff, visitors and those presenting for care will be completed upon entrance to the tent. A soft screening consists of a few simple questions to assess possible symptoms or things which may put one at high risk such as travel history, possible exposure to COVID-19, etc. Included are questions to determine whether a patient has a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. Temperatures will be taken of all staff, visitors and those presenting for care. Those who present with symptoms will be segregated and directed accordingly by hospital staff to undergo further evaluation.
Boone Memorial Hospital is offering COVID-19 testing via a drive thru located in Danville at the former Bank of Danville (across from Walgreens). Testing is performed Monday through Friday from 9am until 1pm starting July 7th and continuing until further notice.
"To expedite the process, we are offering pre-registration by phone for same day testing," said Angie Christian, Executive Director of Ancillary Services. "We want to make the process quick and easy for the community."
"Pre-registration is one way we can do that," Christian said. Keep in mind, however, that you must come to the drive thru clinic the same day you pre-register." she explained.
To pre-register call 304-369-8813 between 8am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.
A physician order is required, however, a Boone Memorial Hospital medical provider will be available at the testing site to assess patients and write orders. Please note that patients should be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a guardian. Patients will receive testing results within 3-5 days. Drive-Thru testing is covered by most insurances, with no out of pocket fees or co-pays. No patient will be turned away due to inability to pay.
"The health and safety of our patients, staff and community remains our top priority," said Underwood. "We encourage all area residents to follow the Governor's mandate and continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when entering public buildings to reduce the risk of exposure. In addition, please wear a mask to our clinics and facility, if you have one. Let's work together to keep our community safe," concluded Underwood.
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