Phelps Health announces screening changes

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    Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street in Rolla, has modified its operating hours to accommodate patient needs.

    The screening station will remain open seven days a week and will open daily at 8 a.m. The station normally closes at midnight, but depending on patient demand, the screening station may close earlier. If the drive-through station is closed, patients should go to the Emergency Department to be seen.
    For more information about the drive-through respiratory screening station and COVID-19, please visit Phelps Health has been working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) on COVID-19 testing at the drive-through screening station since mid-March, and began offering independent laboratory testing as soon as it became available.
    Patients who are seeking treatment based on a recommendation or referral by their provider or patients who are self-seeking treatment based on signs and symptoms can drive up to the respiratory screening station during its hours of operation to be assessed by a provider.
    The provider will perform an overall health assessment and ask the patient a series of questions concerning respiratory-type illnesses. Patients who are showing signs or symptoms of a respiratory illness first will be tested for influenza and/or strep. If a patient tests positive for influenza or strep, they will be given a prescription, if needed, for medication (e.g., Tamiflu, antibiotics, etc.) and sent home to recover.
    For patients who test negative for influenza or strep and meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing according to the state and CDC guidelines, the provider will adhere to the below process approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to test for COVID-19:
    1. The provider will call the DHSS state lab to order a swab for testing. The provider will communicate the patient’s symptoms to DHSS and request authorization to test the patient for COVID-19. DHSS will approve or deny the provider’s request. If DHSS approves testing, the patient will be swabbed for COVID-19, and the test will be sent to the state to await results. Results are usually received back within 24-48 hours.
    2. If DHSS denies the request to test the patient for COVID-19, and the provider still feels the patient’s signs or symptoms may indicate COVID-19, the provider can still test the patient and send the test to an independent laboratory for results. Results sent to an independent laboratory are usually received back within three to seven days.