Spencer Hospital, Avera Clinic establish drive-thru testing site - by appointment only

Friday, November 20, 2020
Work is underway on a new drive-thru COVID testing site near the emergency entrance to Spencer Hospital.
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As dropping northwest Iowa temperatures make COVID-19 testing more challenging, Spencer Hospital and Avera Medical Group Spencer have jointly developed a covered drive-thru testing site, available to patients whose care providers have placed an order for them to receive a COVID-19 test.

“It’s important to emphasize that this testing site is only for people who have an order placed by a local health care provider for that individual to be tested,” explained Jordan Reed, laboratory services director at Spencer Hospital. “This includes someone whose physician is concerned his or her symptoms warrant a COVID-19 test or a patient who requires a test for other medically necessary procedures.”

Since the COVID-19 public health emergency began in the spring, warmer temperatures allowed both the clinic and the hospital to offer drive-up testing. The week of Nov. 23 will be a transition week, with some tests still being conducted at AMGS’s drive-up testing site and others being directed to the drive-thru site. After Nov. 30, it’s anticipated all ordered COVID-19 tests will be directed to the drive-thru site next to the hospital’s emergency entrance. A

The drive-thru testing site is located adjacent to Spencer Hospital’s emergency department entrance, located on Second Avenue East. To access the testing site, turn south onto Second Avenue East off East 13 Street, drive up the ambulance ramp toward the hospital, then take two immediate right turns to turn into the hoop building designated for testing.

Spencer Hospital and Avera Medical Group Spencer staff will verify your test order and collect a sample to be analyzed by the lab. Patients will be notified of their test result by their ordering physician or a member of the physician’s care team.

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