By BRUCE MILLS
Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital will today begin performing limited on-site COVID-19 drive-thru testing for patients on a doctor’s prescription following an assessment for respiratory illness by that doctor.
Prisma Health Tuomey CEO Michelle Logan-Owens said all hospital test registrations – including the appointment time – will be released to the patient while they are still in the doctor’s office. After an assessment, if the doctor thinks a patient needs a COVID-19 test, his office will call Tuomey, fax the order, and schedule an appointment for the patient with Tuomey for a drive-thru test.
COVID-19 tests are done with a nasal swab.
Driving tests will be carried out at the entrance to the day surgery on rue Calhoun de Tuomey. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as long as testing supplies are available, Owens said.
Nasal swab tests administered at Tuomey will be sent to Quest Diagnostics for lab results. Results are usually available within two to three days, but can take up to five days depending on the lab’s workload, she added. Doctors will follow up with phone calls to patients with test results.
Only people with symptoms of COVID-19 – which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath – are encouraged to contact their health care provider for a screening assessment.
In addition, on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster called on all insurance companies in the state to fully cover all expenses related to COVID-19 testing, including x-rays, tests and other procedures.
Prisma Health began offering limited drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday at a hospital site in Columbia and another in Greenville.