Saint Luke's News: Saint Luke’s Offering Walk-Thru Testing Site For COVID-19

Saint Luke’s Health System is pleased to announce that it has opened a walk-thru testing site for COVID-19 patients who meet the criteria and may not be able to take advantage of drive-thru testing. The new testing site, located at the intersection of 43rd and Wornall on the Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City campus, is easily accessible to nearby residents, patients visiting Saint Luke’s physician clinics who would like to schedule a same-day appointment on site, and those who rely on public transportation. Several bus stops are located nearby.

This walk-thru testing is by appointment only and requires a physician referral. Those without a referral or an appointment will not be tested. First responders should coordinate through their human resources departments. The site is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Only Saint Luke’s patients, Saint Luke’s employees, or first responders who meet the following criteria are eligible for testing.

One or more of the following new symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches

The test takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. No more than two patients will be allowed in the testing trailer at a time, other patients waiting outside will be asked to stand six feet apart. Tents are set up for their convenience.

If you have the symptoms listed above, but no additional risk factors, you should self-isolate for 14 days. Limit your contact with others in your household as much as possible and monitor your symptoms. If symptoms worsen, contact your provider or seek emergency care.

Saint Luke’s is asking for everyone’s help to protect the community by following CDC guidance on how we can prevent the spread of infection, including social distancing, vigilant hand hygiene, staying home when sick, avoiding close contact with people who are ill, avoiding touching your face, covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Find more information on COVID-19 and Saint Luke’s response.

ehohenberg Thu, 04/16/2020 - 20:01

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