Mon Health System, in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department, Fairmont State University and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is establishing a new testing location for pre-screened, pre-registered patients who suspect they may have COVID-19.
The newly established testing location will be at the offices of Drs. Bonfili and Flowers, 1840 Locust Ave., Fairmont, operating from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To pre-screen and pre-register, patients must call the Mon Health Patient Outreach Line at 304-285-3798 and specify they want to be tested at the Fairmont site.
Health care 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’s 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.
“As a longstanding member of the health care community, we are committed to keeping health care resources local,” said David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Health System. “Through expansion of our physician services at the Fairmont Technology Park, our continuation of our longstanding durable medical equipment service in Fairmont and plans to bring a new hospital to the community, we are proud to provide another opportunity for increased health care services to our Fairmont neighbors through this drive-through testing site.
“We have an excellent working relationship with the Marion County Health Department, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, and Fairmont State University, all of whom are instrumental in the establishment of this remote testing opportunity. We thank these dedicated partners and our location owner for allowing us to bring this service to Fairmont.”
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 within 10 days and the patient will be called with results. While awaiting results, patients should self-quarantine at home until results are provided.
“I am very excited to partner with Mon Health System to bring much needed testing to our residents,” said Lloyd R. White, administrator at the Marion County Health Department. “Working through a partnership with quality health care providers, such as Mon Health, allows us to provide the best service to our residents.”
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 at 304-285-3798 to establish if you need to be tested.