CARBONDALE – SIH Tuesday announced three drive-thru testing clinics for individuals who meet the criteria for additional analysis through the hotline’s screening process.
The testing locations are not open to the public and are specifically for patients with a provider’s referral through the hotline at 1-844-988-7800.
NOTES ABOUT THE PROCESS:
- SIH staff donned in personal protective equipment will perform specimen collection or nasal swabs for COVID-19, flu and other respiratory illnesses through the driver’s side or passenger side window.
- Patients will not have to leave their cars.
- SIH will rely on Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and/or commercial laboratories to perform the COVID-19 tests if indicated after flu and other respiratory symptoms are ruled out. It offers fewer potentially infectious touch points than a traditional office visit.
“We want to keep people in the safest setting, both for their sake and the medical staff’s sake by limiting the amount of exposure,” Dr. Matthew Winkleman at SIH Primary Care Harrisburg said. “The best way to do that is to contact the hotline to evaluate the risk. Then we can determine the most appropriate place for testing.”
Visit SIH’s website for further details and updates.