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Prosser Memorial Health Announces Limited COVID-19 Testing
January 18, 2022
As our community experiences a surge in COVID-19 positive cases, and increasing demands on our healthcare system, Prosser Memorial Health has announced COVID-19 testing restrictions at our primary care clinics and the Emergency Department (ED).
“We do not have the supplies to offer rapid tests anymore,” said Susan Miklas, Director of Laboratory Services at Prosser Memorial Health. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and need to be seen by a healthcare provider, you can call one of our three primary care clinics located in Grandview, Prosser, and Benton City to make an appointment. “By appointment only, our clinics will offer a PCR send out test. Test results take 3-5 days.”
If you are exposed to COVID-19 and you are NOT up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, the CDC recommends you quarantine for at least five days. The date of your exposure is considered day zero. Day one is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and you are up to date on your COVID vaccinations, you do not need to stay home UNLESS you develop symptoms.
The public is now able to sign up and receive four free at-home COVID testing kits at www.covidtests.gov. The website says to allow 7-12 days for shipping.
During this surge, please remember the Emergency Department is for emergencies, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, severe bleeding, sudden confusion, sudden weakness, the inability to use arms and legs, burns, seizures, the worst headache of your life, and trauma. Do not come to the ED for a COVID-19 test.
For more information, please call Prosser Memorial Health Chief Communications Officer Shannon Hitchcock at 509.786.6601 or email [email protected].