Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) will implement two new services during the COVID-19 pandemic. SOMC will offer the following services:
1. SOMC’s COVID-19 Patient Information and Testing Hotline:
SOMC staff will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and also screen for symptoms or exposure to issue an order for testing if needed. The hotline number is (740) 356-CARE (2273).
2. Drive-up COVID-19 Testing: SOMC will offer a drive-up testing center located outside SOMC’s Madonna Hall. The tent is directly across from the SOMC Friends Center/LIFE Center Parking Lot.
All will enter through the 18th Street side and exit onto Kinneys Lane. All must register through the hotline (740) 356-CARE (2273) before being tested. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions.Those who call the
hotline will be given the location and screening guidelines.
» Only patients triaged through SOMC’s
COVID-19 Patient Information and Testing
Hotline will have samples collected and tested.
» Patients who call the hotline and meet criteria
will be directed to the testing location.
» Patients who are tested at the drive-up testing
site will be given post-test instructions.
» Test results will take 3-5 days to process. Once
received, results will be provided directly to the
patient and the referring provider.
» SOMC’s drive-up site is a sample collection site
only. This site is not a care center or evaluation site.
» If patients are experiencing respiratory
symptoms and need immediate care, they will
be referred to the emergency department.
» Those who visit the drive-up site will be
required to show a method of identification,
standard demographic and insurance
information in order to be registered.
» All sample collections will be performed while
those being tested remain in their vehicles.
» All staff collecting samples will be required to
wear personal protective equipment for their
safety and the safety of those being tested.
» The primary care provider of those who are
tested will be notified.
» Those who are tested will be notified with the
results and provided additional guidance if the
sample comes back positive.
For Additional Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
» Please refer to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and SOMC is committed to providing updates about COVID-19 and
testing procedures as they arise. For more information, please visit www.somc.org.