MDH launches drive-thru screening station

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MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough District Hospital rolled out the first-known testing site for coronavirus in the area as the threat of the pandemic remains on the rise.

MDH officials announced a drive-thru screening station opened outside the hospital to test for multiple illnesses.

Hospital staff said the screening procedures will test for Influenza A and B, strep and COVID-19.

MDH also launched a new coronavirus nurse triage hotline. This addition can be used if a person experiences symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

The drive-thru screening station will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The triage hotline will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

To reach the nurse triage hotline, call 309-836-1715 or your primary care provider.

The drive-thru tent is located on the south end of the MDH parking lot, next to the health services buildings. Vehicles can enter from MDH’s east entrance off of Grant Street and follow the signage to the tent, then exit from the west entrance (near the ER) and turn back onto Grant Street.

For service at the drive-thru station, patients should be at least 18 years or older and must be pre-registered. Officials said patients that have not called the MDH nurse triage hotline or their primary care provider will be asked to call the hotline to pre-register. All testing requires a referral by a physician or nurse practitioner. The hospital asks for no more than two occupants per vehicle.  

Officials said patients younger than 18 will need to call their pediatrician or primary care provider. Anyone without a primary care provider, can call the MDH Family Clinic or MDH Convenience Clinic at 309-837-6937.

MDH asks patients to stay inside their vehicle at the drive-thru station then roll down the window and a clinical staff member will perform the screen.