Mercy to Open COVID-19 Test Collection Site at Washington Fairgrounds

March 26, 2020

UPDATE March 26, 2020

Due to a limited number of COVID-19 testing supplies across the U.S. and consistent with other health care providers, only patients who are very ill and meet COVID-19 criteria are currently being tested. For those with symptoms, we recommend staying home and away from others and taking care of yourself as you would with other viruses. If symptoms escalate, patients should contact their primary care physician.

To get tested, contact your primary care provider or use our interactive risk assessment.

March 20, 2020

With more cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appearing in the St. Louis region, Mercy has preliminary plans to open additional drive-through COVID-19 test collection sites early next week. This will include a site in Washington scheduled to open on Monday morning.

Mercy Test Collection Sites are exclusively for patients who meet the Centers for Disease Control and state health department guidelines for testing. To qualify for testing at the drive-through site, patients must have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath, and either recent travel to a high-risk area or contact with a known COVID-19 patient. Anyone seeking a test must first call their primary care physician or visit Mercy's COVID-19 page.

The Washington test site will be located within the Washington Fairgrounds, located on Veterans Drive in Washington, MO, near the Mercy First Aid Building and the Motorsports Arena. The site will operate from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only. Mercy’s first test collection site opened earlier this month in Chesterfield at the Mercy Virtual Care Center, 15740 S. Outer Forty Rd.

“We are very appreciative of the city of Washington for supporting this test collection site at the fairgrounds,” said 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.”

Anyone seeking a test must first call their primary care physician or visit Mercy's COVID-19 page. If a patient is deemed to have met the minimum requirements for testing, they will be given a time to arrive at the test collection site in Washington. 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 is also working on opening additional test collection sites throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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