KMBC: Saint Luke’s working to expand drive-thru COVID-19 testing to 3 locations across Kansas City

March 19, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Saint Luke’s Health System announced Thursday it has two – soon to be three – COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites up and running.

Saint Luke’s Health System said the appointment-only drive-thru sites are available to Saint Luke’s patients and employees who have been referred by Saint Luke’s physicians. Current locations include Blue Springs, Shoal Creek in the Northland, and soon, Mission Farms in Overland Park.

“With the increasing number of cases due to community spread in our area, Saint Luke’s is working diligently to prioritize testing of those who are at greater risk,” Saint Luke’s said on its website. “Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and don’t require medical treatment.”

Saint Luke’s said patients must meet certain criteria to set up an appointment for the drive-thru testing. Only patients or employees who meet the following criteria are eligible for this testing:

    • Fever of 100 degrees or higher, a new cough, or shortness of breath.
    • And Are (a) immunocompromised, (b) have been exposed to someone with known or suspected COVID-19, OR (c) work in a health care setting.

    Saint Luke’s is asking for everyone’s help to protect the community by following CDC guidance on how to prevent the spread of infection, including social distancing, vigilant hand hygiene, staying home when sick, avoiding close contact with people who are ill, avoiding touching your face, covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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