Beginning, Tuesday, Aug. 25, Washington County Hospital and Clinics will offer a COVID Wellness test directly to individuals for $85. The COVID Wellness test is an antigen test that detects the presence of specific proteins in your body unique to the coronavirus and can determine active infections.
The test is available to individuals who are currently symptom free but are concerned they have had a potential exposure to the coronavirus. The antigen test is considered a wellness exam and does not require a physician order. This test will allow people to find out if they are infected with COVID-19 and results will be used to help better understand the extent and spread of COVID-19 and identify risk factors for infection. This option is also beneficial for those individuals in need required documentation for return to work.
A nasal swab is required for the test which can be performed at WCHC’s Lab. Individuals interested in obtaining a COVID Wellness test can present to the Washington County Hospital, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5 p.m. Patient Access staff at Main Registration will assist patients to register, collect payment, and direct patients to the Lab.
Results of the exam will be posted to the individual’s secure patient portal within 48 hours of the lab collection.
The results of antigen testing will be reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health and patients with positive results may be contacted by the local Public Health Department for additional information. Patients with positive results or if symptoms develop are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for additional assessment and guidance.
WCHC encourages everyone to assist in limiting the spread of disease. Remember to cough and/or sneeze into your arm or shoulder or use a tissue. The spread of germs can be reduced by coughing into your clothing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as the germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after you are symptom free.
For more information on COVID-19 Wellness testing, visit www.wchc.org.