Drive-Up COVID-19 testing now offered at two Patient First locations in Richmond

Testing is by appointment only
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Posted at 7:52 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 07:53:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Patient First now provides drive-up COVID-19 testing at two locations in Richmond.

The two locations are on Parham Road at I-64 and on Genito Road at Hull Street Road. Testing is by appointment only.

All Patient First Medical Centers, including the two designated testing centers, remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care. For the Parham Road location, call (804)-270-2150 and for the Genito Roads location, call (804)-744-6310.

Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center. Patients are asked about symptoms and risk factors to determine whether they meet screening criteria based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. In order to be tested, a patient must either have a symptom or symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or be a healthcare worker or first responder.

Testing is currently scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 7 days a week. As testing supplies and personal protective equipment become more available, testing times will be extended.

Patient First says all test are collected outside of the center; patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process. The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper PPE, including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown.

Samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for testing. Results are expected to be ready between 2 and 7 days. A Patient First nurse will call each patient once results are available, to share results, provide guidance, and answer questions.

For insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. The visit will be submitted to patients' insurance. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For self-pay patients, the cost is $90 plus a separate bill from the lab, which is $51.31 in Virginia.

Appointments are not needed for visits unrelated to COVID-19 testing. All Patient First centers have taken steps to provide a safe environment for patients and staff, including requiring all patients and staff to wear masks while inside the center, thoroughly disinfecting surfaces throughout the center at regular intervals, requiring frequent hand washing, and limiting visitors to only essential family members.

Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information is available at this link.

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