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Mon Health changes time for drive-through testing

MORGANTOWN — Mon Health System has established testing locations for pre-screened, pre-registered patients who suspect they may have COVID-19.

To better protect patients, Mon Health System has four locations offering patients the ability to be tested in the convenience of their vehicles. To qualify for testing, patients must pre-screen and pre-register.

Beginning March 26, Mon Health Medical Center will offer drive-through testing from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital: from 10 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. in the Kingwood Elementary School parking lot. To pre-screen, call 304-329-7285.

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital: from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and at the Market Place Mall. To pre-screen, call 304-517-1584.

Mon Health affiliate hospital, Grafton City Hospital: As needed from noon-4 p.m. at Grafton High School. To pre-screen, call 304-265-0400.

Healthcare professionals will ask a series of qualifying questions following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening requirements. If the patient requires testing, the patient information will be obtained for pre-registration. Once pre-registered, the patient will receive confirmation that he or she is cleared for testing and should proceed to the nearest drive through site. Patients who have not pre-screened or pre-registered will not be tested in the drive-through process.

Patients must present a government issued identification card. The test process is a simple nose swab, the same as for influenza. Results will be available in about 72 hours and the patient will be called with results. While awaiting results, patients should self-quarantine at home until results are provided.

If you are experiencing fever, respiratory symptoms, and cough, the CDC recommends that you not go directly to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency department unless your symptoms are life-threatening. Instead, call the Mon Health Patient Outreach Line to establish if you need to be tested.