Patients with a clinician’s order will be sent to temporary testing sites in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport.
“It is still very important to call first, do a telehealth visit or a MyChart “Coronavirus Concerns” E-Visit to have your symptoms assessed, so a clinician can coordinate testing and monitor your symptoms,” said Adam Brady, MD, of Samaritan Infectious Disease. “By calling ahead or completing a telehealth visit, we can ensure that we are taking the appropriate precautions to keep you and our staff safe.”
Patients who have any known coronavirus symptoms such as fever, chills or shaking; cough or sore throat; shortness of breath; muscle aches or pains; loss of smell or taste; headache or any cold or flu-like symptoms (or who need coronavirus testing for travel) are asked to call their primary care provider for a telehealth visit or do a MyChart “Coronavirus Concerns” E-Visit to be assessed and routed to appropriate testing and care.
If a test is ordered, the patient will be contacted to schedule a date, time and location to be tested. Patients who arrive at a testing site without a clinician’s order will be turned away and instructed to call their primary care provider or do a MyChart “Coronavirus Concerns” visit.Clinicians are encouraged to order testing in all symptomatic patients but pay close attention to the following types of symptomatic patients who are at high risk of complications or transmission to others: health care workers, first responders, patients in care facilities or other congregate living settings, patients over age 60, pregnant women, patients with underlying medical conditions, immunosuppressed patients, minorities, and front-line service workers such as grocery, delivery and transportation employees.
“We are happy to be able to offer testing to a wider group of patients,” said Dr. Brady. “We hope increased testing availability will further help reduce the spread of the virus and help our communities get a better sense of how the disease is spreading.”
Samaritan will continue to monitor testing and personal protective equipment supplies closely and change testing guidelines accordingly, as testing supplies are not unlimited, and the supply chain is still disrupted.
For more information, visit samhealth.org/Coronavirus. For additional information about COVID-19, including how to take care of your family, what to do if you feel ill, caring for family members at home and much more, visit the Oregon Health Authority and CDC websites or call 211.