- Listed: March 20, 2020 9:00 am
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To expedite the COVID-19 testing process & eliminate unnecessary contamination of primary care clinics, SEARHC opened alternative testing sites in five communities.
Patients in Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell, Haines, and Klawock can now receive a referral for drive-by testing, which allows patients to remain in their vehicle while being seen by a SEARHC clinician.
Appointments may be required for testing. For information on screening in your community, please call:
- Sitka – 907.966.8799
- Juneau – 907.463.4040
- Wrangell – 907.874.4700
- Klawock – 907.755.4800
- Haines – 907.766.6300
Each alternative testing site is manned by a SEARHC clinician in approved personal protection equipment (including mask, goggles, gloves, and gown). If the patient meets the CDC-approved guidelines, they will be scheduled for a drive-by appt. during regular business hours. Patients will be tested for influenza, and if negative for influenza, be administered a COVID-19 test.
CDC Guidelines state that patients must be exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19 (fever and cough, or shortness of breath) and meet the current clinical criteria, including close contact with a confirmed case; travel outside of Alaska within 14 days; or determined to be a high-risk patient.
For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and contact information for the SEARHC provider nearest you, visit covid19.searhc.org.
SEARHC recommends that patients adhere to all local, state, and federal mandates encouraging social distancing throughout the pandemic. If you are sick, stay home. If you have traveled outside of Alaska in the last 14 days, self-isolate. Patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, or immune compromise, should contact their doctor immediately if they become ill. Please adhere to the CDC preventive methods to deter respiratory disease, including washing your hands thoroughly and often, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects, and getting a flu shot.
Said SEARHC Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elliot Bruhl, “The steps required to isolate an area and conduct a test on a possible COVID-19 patient are significant. Our organization is preparing for the inevitable spike in testing as the virus progresses and available test quantities increase. Through the introduction of accessible, dedicated testing sites, we are creating a more efficient system with increased levels of safety for patients and staff.”
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