Knox County hospital expands COVID-19 testing

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KNOX COUNTY, Ind. – Good Samaritan is increasing outpatient testing for COVID-19 at the Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage Clinic.

The clinic will now be testing any symptomatic patients who are of higher risk for significant illness, including those who:

  • Are age 60 or older
  • Have diabetes
  • Have chronic lung disease
  • Have cardiovascular disease
  • Have chronic renal disease

Others who will be considered for testing include individuals with known high-risk exposure,
such as contact with a confirmed positive individual and travel to certain areas with high
COVID-19 cases; and symptomatic patients that work in high contact areas where social
distancing is difficult.

Previously, testing guidelines required the patient to have had a known exposure or be
hospitalized to be eligible for a COVID-19 test.

As a reminder some of the key symptoms are: fever, dry cough, fatigue, myalgia (muscle pain),
shortness of breath and/or sore throat.

The Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage Clinic is located at 1813 Willow Street in
Vincennes. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Good Samaritan also announced the Monday opening of a Pediatric Respiratory Clinic located at Willow Plaza, 1813 Willow Street, Suite A. Pediatrician Dr. Heather Nichols will be seeing pediatric patients with any respiratory illness symptoms at the clinic. An appointment is necessary, and can be made by calling the nurse triage line at (812) 885-3331 or by contacting the child’s primary care provider.

Information about the coronavirus and the hospital’s current restrictions can be found at
gshvin.org/coronavirus.

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