Prisma Health will offer limited drive-thru COVID-19 testing starting Monday, March 16, the health system said in a release. Only patients with electronic orders from their Prisma Health provider or from a Prisma Health Virtual Visit provider are eligible to be tested.
Patients who select the drive-thru test are required to provide the COVID-19 test order and a form of official personal identification. In Greenville, the testing site is at the Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Medical Campus on the lower level of the south parking deck. Prisma will operate the site from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The health system will not provide testing to those without a physician’s order.
At the drive-thru site, attendants will collect samples while the patients remain in their cars. The results will be sent to the patient’s care provider or to SC DHEC. Patients may not receive the results of the test for four to seven days due to a likely backlog of testing, the health system said.
Since those using the drive-thru testing site are suspected to have COVID-19, Prisma is asking patients to self-isolate in their homes until their results arrive. Patients should contact their physician or Prisma Health Virtual Visit provider in the event their symptoms worsen.
Prisma plans to expand testing for more people at other sites.
Information about self isolating and general precautions against exposure to the coronavirus can be found at the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
Prisma Health Virtual Visits launched earlier this month and includes an on-demand video option in addition to the existing online visit option. To access the free virtual visits, you can use the promo code COVID19. Visit www.PrismaHealth.org/Virtual-Visit for more information.