Local clinic offers new testing options for Covid-related symptoms

According to hospital staff, the clinic at Gothenburg Health has been bursting at the seams with people experiencing Covid symptoms who are asking to see a provider, but may only need to be tested. To help alleviate this concern, Direct Access Testing (DAT) will now be available at Gothenburg Health.

“Individuals need only call to make an appointment and pay $40 at the time of the visit,” explained Roxanne Converse-Whiting, Community Education Coordinator at Gothenburg Health. “It will not go through insurance and the results will be given to them within 30 minutes, before they leave the facility.”

Converse-Whiting said these tests are being offered at the clinic only on Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tests will NOT be available on Saturday mornings.

DAT testing is a rapid, antigen Covid test (NOT PCR) which provides results in 30 minutes along with a printed copy of the result. “We are asking folks to wait in our facility to receive the copy of their result,” said Converse-Whiting. “A copy of Gothenburg Health’s isolation/quarantine fact sheet will be given out with each result.”

The cost of the DAT testing is $40 and is not billed to insurance. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted.

“This testing is ideal for patients with minimal respiratory symptoms and who are wanting to do the right thing by being tested, and are not ill enough to warrant an office visit,” explained Converse-Whiting.

She said it is also ideal for patients who have been exposed to Covid and have no symptoms, as well as patients whose employer is requiring a test for work. However, this test should be done on Day 5 from exposure.

Along with the DAT testing, Gothenburg Health is also now offering at-home Covid testing kits. The rapid self-test being used is the Quidel QuickVue, a rapid antigen test. The kit contains two rapid tests with recommendations for the patient to be tested twice over a two or three day period, with at least 24 hours and no more than 36 hours between tests. Results are available within 10 minutes.

“The intent of the program is to have Rural Health Clinics distribute testing kits free to our community; as well as those we are able to give away to our patients,” said Converse-Whiting.

She said once the kits are handed out, Gothenburg Health is not involved with the results, the interpretation of the results, or school or work notes based on the results. All kits will be given out with a Gothenburg Health isolation/quarantine sheet.

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