Drive-through COVID-19 testing now available in Plover
By Taylor J. Hale
PORTAGE COUNTY – Ascension Wisconsin is offering COVID-19 drive-through testing in Plover at 2401 Plover Road.
The same set up is offered in Rhinelander and Crandon, with additional locations in development.
The drive-through test sites offer individuals a safer means to get examined for the Coronavirus; but, Ascension staff noted that people must go through a pre-screening and screening process before they are eligible for the drive-through services.
“It’s really important for people to know they have to be seen by a provider to be eligible for this testing,” said Tom Weaver, Ascension Wisconsin public relations manager.
Pre-screening can be done online virtually by using Ascension Online Care – ascension.org/OnlineCare – or by calling the Ascension COVID-19 Hotline at 833-981-0711, or by calling your local Ascension provider.
The pre-screening process involves answering a series of questions relating to symptoms, personal travel history, and any potential contact with those infected with COVID-19.
Patients who meet predetermined criteria, based on CDC guidelines, will be given care guidance based on their pre-screening questions.
Ascension Wisconsin providers will perform the screenings. The providers will then determine if testing is clinically recommended for individuals on a case-by-case basis.
If testing is recommended, patients will be assigned a testing order and appointment date at a drive-through location.
Patients experiencing severe symptoms will be referred to an Ascension Wisconsin emergency department.
Drive-through patients will remain in their vehicles at all times. Nasal swab and throat culture samples will be taken and sent to a state-approved laboratory for analysis. Patients will also be instructed to return home to self isolate for 14 days.
Ascension Wisconsin will contact those tested with results and make necessary reports to the state of Wisconsin and area health departments. There is no upfront cost for the Ascension Wisconsin COVID-19 testing.
For more information, visit https://healthcare.ascension.org/COVID-19.