MDH reduces hours of drive-thru screening station

MCDONOUGH CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough District Hospital is lessening the number of hours the drive-thru screening station is available to the public.

Officials said the station will now be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. instead of closing at 8 p.m. The station will still remain open seven days a week.

MDH launched the drive-thru screening station last week. The service tests for Influenza A and B, strep and COVID-19, but patients must pre-register before showing up.

To pre-register, you must receive an order by your primary care provider or call the MDH nurse triage hotline at 309-836-1715. The hotline is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MDH officials said if a person is experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should call their primary care provider or the MDH nurse triage hotline. 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.

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. The hospital asks for no more than two occupants per vehicle.  

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 screening.