Mercy Washington opening COVID-19 testing site

Mercy will open a COVID-19 test collection site in Washington beginning Monday, March 23, the organization announced Friday.

The test collection site will be located at the Washington Fairgrounds, near the Mercy First Aid Building and the Motorsports Arena.

Patients seeking testing must first call 314-251-0500. Patients must meet certain criteria in order to be tested.

Patients must have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath, and have either recent travel to a high-risk area or contact with a known COVID-19 patient, Mercy announced.

The test collection site will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only.

“We are very appreciative of the city of Washington for supporting this test collection site at the fairgrounds,” said Dr. David Chalk, MD, president of Mercy Clinic Four Rivers. “This site will help redirect patients with possible exposure risks away from our clinics and emergency department, where other ill patients will be seeking care for their particular illnesses. This limits the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 for other patients and for our medical teams.”

Once a patient is screened and approved for testing, Mercy will collect a sample and send it to a designated lab, the state health department, or a private lab. Results will take several days. 

There will be a cost associated with the testing, and most insurance companies along with Medicare and Medicaid have committed to covering the cost. No one will be turned away from the testing site due to cost, Mercy said.

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