MEDFORD, Ore. -- To help address COVID-19 testing needs in Josephine County, Asante has implemented changes to make the process easier and more accessible for area residents.
At Asante drive-through locations in Grants Pass and Medford, Oregon, individuals no longer need to have an order from a primary care provider to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. The tests are provided at no cost to those who cannot afford them.
Only patients with positive testing results will be contacted. It is very important to provide a good contact phone number and to leave that phone on for both Asante and Josephine County Public Health to reach the patient.
“We appreciate Asante doing this for the community so that more people have easy access to free testing,” said Dr. Leona O’Keefe, JCPH deputy health officer. “Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested right away.”
Symptoms include difficulty breathing, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Those with access to a medical provider should see their provider for testing if possible, as this will help Asante manage the increase in testing and following up with testing results.
Asante drive-through testing site locations and hours are as follows:
Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site — Grants Pass
• 1630 Ringuette St. Grants Pass, OR 97527
o Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
o Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon
Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site — Medford
• 1321 Center Drive, Medford, OR 97501
o Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
o Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See co.josephine.or.us/COVID19 for more information.