Drive-Thru Services for Upper Respiratory Screening

Drive-Thru Services for Upper Respiratory Screening

Note: Appointments for upper respiratory screening are available by appointment only. Individuals who arrive at the site without prior appointment will be redirected on how to register but will not be tested the same day.

What do you mean by Upper Respiratory Screening?

Due to the nature of the symptoms of COVID-19 your provider may elect to administer additional tests to help rule out other illness and provide more appropriate treatment. CHS can test for upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis, strep, influenza and COVID-19. We currently offer the nasopharyngeal test.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Please visit the CDC website for the most up to date guidance on symptoms related to COVID-19. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may need a test to see if you have COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell and or taste

What should I do if I am experiencing these symptoms?

If symptoms become urgent or you require immediate attention please call 911 or go to your nearest local emergency room. To schedule an assessment call before coming in to be seen. We will schedule you a virtual appointment to speak with a medical provider. If the provider determines testing is needed, a drive-thru testing appointment will be made.

Why should I call first?

Testing is by appointment only. Talking to a provider about your specific concerns is a great resource to help make the best informed decision about your care. It additionally helps limit yourself and others to exposure of the virus.

How much does this cost?

CHS is a recipient of the CARES ACT, and is able to provide free testing to all. However, we do require a telehealth visit with a provider to make sure that we are offering best care for our patients.

Most all commercial and public insurance providers currently cover expenses related to COVID-19. We request that you provide your insurance information prior to your virtual appointment. Community Health Centers welcome everybody, regardless of your ability to pay.

Financial counselors can assist with payment and staff can additionally assist you with registering for Medicaid in the event that your funding has suddenly change.

For patients who elect to self-pay we utilize a sliding fee scale. Our entire team’s’ goal is to get you the care you need and we will work with you throughout this process.

What are the hours of operation for the testing site?

Testing is primary scheduled from 1:30pm- 3:30pm Monday through Friday.

Where is testing located?

The CHS testing site is located in the clinics parking lot at 74 Eclipse Center, Beloit, WI 53511 (next to the Beloit Public Library).

What do I need to bring with me when I show up for testing?

When you arrive to the testing facility, follow signs proceed through the testing process. Please be ready to show some form of identification.

How does testing work?

Upon arrival to testing site, patients will follow signs to tent testing area. CHS staff will provide patients with further instructions. CHS staff follows strict safety protocols, and the specimen collection occurs in a tent, without a patient ever having to leave their car. Testing takes about 15-20 minutes.

Will you have interpreters on site for non-English speaking individuals?

Yes, we have Spanish-speaking staff on site.

What about people who don’t have vehicles, and rely on public transportation?

People who rely on public transportation can take transit to the testing location and walk through the testing site.

How long does it take to get test results back?

Tests results for some upper respiratory infections such as influenza are available same day. COVID-19 results can take an average of 24 to 72 hours to receive test results.

How will I get notified of my test results?

Your medical provider will call you with lab results.

If your test is positive for COVID-19, your provider will call you and provide more information about self-isolation and quarantine of close contacts.

If I need to provide documentation to my employer about my test results, how can I do that?

Your medical provider can provide documentation upon request.

Why are we testing?

This kind of testing will provide improved control of the pandemic and improved control of community spread. It will also help to identify community exposure and get those people into isolation and quarantine.

If I think I’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, but I don’t have symptoms; can I get tested?

If you are an asymptomatic essential worker, first responder or healthcare worker, you can get tested.

If you are a member of the public who has mild symptoms of Coronavirus, you can get tested. You will review that information with the medical provider during your telehealth visit.