KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Sky Lakes Medical Center says it's now opening up its drive-up coronavirus testing to allow for anyone to get a test thanks to new supplies. The expanded testing begins on Tuesday.
"Testing is available for anyone who presents at the testing site," Sky Lakes said in a statement. "A physician’s order is not required, although patients are encouraged to call their provider prior to testing."
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The testing will still be done at its drive-up screening site at the Sky Lakes Community Health Education Center, 2200 N Eldorado Boulevard. Vehicles should enter from the north-side driveway, then exit from the south.
Staff from Sky Lakes will gather information from those who come through and collect the necessary samples for testing.
The medical center said that testing is vital for people to learn quickly if they have been infected with the virus, allowing doctors to test others who have been in contact and eventually slow the spread.
“Knowing who is positive for COVID-19 helps us make recommendations about home isolation and further follow-up,” said Dr. Grant Niskanen, a family practice physician and Sky Lakes vice president.
Samples collected by Sky Lakes are sent off to a commercial lab for analysis. Results usually come back in 3-5 days, Sky Lakes said. A Sky Lakes or Cascades East Family Medicine Clinic primary care physician will contact the patient to go over the results.