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CCHD and LMH Partner to offer drive-thru COVID-19 screening off-site

The Cass County Health Department (CCHD) and Logansport Memorial Hospital (LMH) are collaborating to make COVID-19 testing more available to the Cass County community. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, drive-thru screening for COVID-19 will be offered in the parking lot of the Penman Building, located at 1701 Dividend Drive in Logansport. Based on screening results and if the patient meets the screening criteria from the CDC, a COVID-19 test will be given.

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The process

  • The CCHD and LMH ask that the community follows this process to utilize drive-thru COVID-19 screening:
    Only individuals who are showing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) will be tested.
  • If you are experiencing these or other flu-like symptoms, please call your primary care provider to describe your symptoms over the phone.
    If you do not have a primary care provider, please call Express Medical Center at (574) 722-9633.
  • You will be directed to the drive-thru screening site by your provider, by Express Medical Center, or by the Cass County Health Department after you have been screened by phone.
    If you present to the Emergency Department after-hours or on the weekend with symptoms, you may be redirected to the screening site if it’s open.

The drive-thru screening site at the Penman Building will be offered from 9 am – 12 noon and from 2 – 5 pm on Monday-Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, drive-thru screening will be available from 9 am – 2 pm.

You will not be tested if you do not meet the screening criteria from the CDC. When you arrive at the screening site, please expect to be screened again by staff, even if a provider or clinical staff person has already screened you and directed you there.

The prescreening process is essential to avoid delays and wasted, unnecessary tests. The intent with this new screening model is to identify and test patients who do not require immediate hospitalization, but can go home to self-isolate and treat their symptoms with over-the-counter medications.

On arrival, patients will be asked for a copy of their government ID (i.e. driver’s license) and insurance card (if available). We will make a copy of each before you are tested. You will be given a number and directed to park in a parking space. Testing will be performed for the flu first, and then for COVID-19 as needed. Patients will be notified of their test results – you’ll receive same-day results for the flu, but COVID-19 tests may take several days to return. You will leave with instructions for how to help manage your symptoms at home during self-isolation.

Express Medical Center to return to normal operations

With the opening of the drive-thru screening site for COVID-19, Logansport Memorial’s Express Medical Center will return to its normal operations, accepting walk-in patients for minor illnesses or injuries. At this time, Express Medical Center will not be seeing patients to be screened and tested for COVID-19; all screening and testing should be directed to and performed at the Penman Building drive-thru screening site.

Reminder about CCHD

As a reminder, the Cass County Health Department is closed to the public, along with all other government buildings at this time. The phone number is being forwarded so that staff can still answer your questions and assist you as needed.

Updates will come as needed

This drive-thru COVID-19 screening process is new and still evolving. The CCHD and LMH will provide updates as needed on changes in hours, format, and testing procedures. For more information, please call the CCHD at (574) 753-7760.

TOPICS: News, COVID-19