COVID-19  Testing

* * * Severe Testing Shortage * * *

COVID-19 testing supplies are on restriction and this is affecting our day-to-day ability to provide tests . In an effort to ensure access to those most in need for as long as possible, we are making significant changes to our procedures.

  • A physician appointment, via telehealth or in-office if appropriate, is needed in order to determine necessity, timing, and choice of test. We are closely following OHA guidelines as we make these decisions. 

  • Tests for exposures with no symptoms will only be eligible for PCR tests. Processing times for PCRs are increasing at this time and we recognize it is less convenient, but it is necessary. Please check to see if your child's school is able to offer testing as this may be a faster option.

  • We are still not testing for events or travel.

You do NOT need a test if:

  • You have a positive home antigen test.

  • If your child meets the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, we will not be doing a test. A test in this case is not necessary, and even if it came back negative we would not trust that result.

We offer two types of molecular COVID-19 testing; PCR tests that are sent to the hospital lab, and the Abbott ID Now rapid COVID-19 test, with results within 15 minutes.

  • A telehealth visit will be scheduled with a doctor in order to determine which test will be best for your situation.

  • The PCR test usually requires a nasopharyngeal swab (into the back of the nose). The rapid test is a nasal swab (just inside the nostril, on both sides).

  • You may be scheduled for a drive-by test. When you arrive you will pull your car into the delivery parking lane just outside our office, by the back steps that are closest to the breezeway (see picture below). Call our office, and someone will come out to your car for the test.

  • We are required to complete a REALD form for each test to submit to the OHA along with the test result. It collects information on race, ethnicity, and disability. See sidebar for instructions.

  • Please have everyone in the car wear a mask. If you have a young child who needs a hug, you can remove them from the car seat and hold them in your lap.

  • After the test you may leave. We will call you with the result, and it will also be available on the portal.

Due to the high demand for testing, we do not have tests currently available for travel or entertainment clearance.

3 ways you can complete

the REALD form

  1. Using this fillable form you can

    • download the pdf and attach it to a portal message,

    • or print it and bring it with you.

  2. Complete a portal message questionnaire.

    • Log in to the portal,​

    • choose Create Message,

    • and use the triangle drop-down to select "REALD Information Collection for COVID Test."

  3. Complete a paper form at your appointment. We are happy to do this for you, but having it ready before your appointment helps protect our staff from the wind and rain.

Get the COVID-19

AFTER You Get Tested Guide

  • Information on isolation and quarantine

  • Help knowing when to start and end each

  • Resources and services for those who have to isolate or quarantine

  • When/how to tell close contacts and employers

  • Contact information for regional public health help

  • Basic COVID-19 prevention information

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For COVID-19 tests pull up to the entry closest to the hospital breezeway.