HGH Makes Changes to Screening Clinic Operations

Beginning November 30, 2020, Humboldt General Hospital is modifying how it provides screening for patients with either COVID or flu-like symptoms to better serve patients seeking testing.

Patients with symptoms will be screened at the HGH West Campus, across the street from the main hospital. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (775) 623-5222, extension 1379. Hospital staff will administer a COVID test, and patients will be seen by a provider to address concerns. When patients arrive for their appointment, they should notify staff at the same number and wait for instructions to enter the building. The screening clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Patients without symptoms but have been exposed to a COVID positive patient or suspects an exposure should use the drive-thru screening clinic in the HGH West Campus parking lot. No appointment is necessary. Patients will receive the COVID test while remaining in their car. The drive-thru screening clinic is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.

There are different types of tests being used. Staff will determine which test is best for each patient. HGH is using both the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test and the SARS19 test. Depending on the test used, the test cost can range from free to $100. For patients that need to see a provider, fees and additional testing fees will apply. Because of the variation of each patient’s needs, it is difficult to provide a specific cost of care.

“Our goal is to provide patients with their results as quickly as possible,” explained Laura Shea, MS, MHA, FACHE, HGH spokesperson. “Due to high testing volumes, it is difficult to guarantee turnaround times.” Results may be available between 0-10 days. All labs are currently being overwhelmed with the number of tests they must process. Patients will receive a phone call as soon as results are available.

For other health concerns, the HGH Walk-In Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Telehealth visits are available; ask your primary care provider if you are interested. The HGH Emergency Department is always open for more serious health issues, including severe COVID symptoms.

For more information about Humboldt General Hospital and its services, visit www.hghospital.org.