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Ascension Providence to offer drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Waco

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 17:56:55-04

WACO, TX — Ascension Providence will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Waco.

The drive-thru testing center is for people who are referred to the site by Ascension Providence providers or by the local health authority.

Patients will drive their vehicles through the testing site and remain inside their vehicle for the entire visit as nurses collect a nasal swab. The site is designed so that pre-screened community members will never have to leave their vehicles to be tested.

Please call ahead for information related to COVID-19 testing - Contact the Ascension Texas hotline: 1-833-919-1680 We have established a COVID-19 hotline for Ascension Texas. Available 6 a.m. to midnight, the hotline is staffed by triage RNs who will respond to public questions and implement the most up-to-date screenings and protocols to guide patients to the most appropriate care setting, including staying at home and/or virtual options.

To help prevent the spread of disease, the CDC recommends people with cold-like symptoms call ahead before going to a doctor's office or emergency room to let the staff know about any symptoms and recent travel. Healthcare workers will work with your public health department to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.