WILLMAR — RC Hospital & Clinics is offering COVID-19 drive-thru testing at all three sites — Olivia, Renville and Hector — due to an increase in available testing, according to a news release from the Renville County-owned hospital system.

Any patient with a new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, sore throat, and loss of taste and/or smell should call RC Hospital & Clinics at 1-800-916-1836 and ask for the triage nurse before arriving at a testing site.

The triage nurse will direct patients to the drive-thru testing site for an evaluation by a health care provider and COVID-19 testing.

When a patient arrives at the COVID-19 testing site, a specimen will be collected. After collection, the sample will be tested for coronavirus and the patient will be contacted with test results.

All patients must be screened to determine if they are a candidate for COVID-19 testing. High-risk groups defined by the Minnesota Department of Health will remain a priority for testing.

Testing is not available to those without symptoms of respiratory illness — unless the person is a contact of an infected patient. Once it is determined if someone meets the criteria for testing, the patient will be directed to the most convenient curbside collection location.

Patients who cannot manage their own symptoms at home should seek emergency services at the Olivia site. Patients who can manage their symptoms should use the testing sites.

Drive-thru testing sites allows community members with symptoms to be screened while remaining in their car and limiting exposure to other individuals.

RC Hospital & Clinics testing hours at the locations are as follows:

  • Olivia: 24 hours a day, seven days a week;

  • Renville: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday;

  • Hector: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

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