First responders in Livingston and Grundy counties who are presenting symptoms, can now get checked for the COVID-19 virus at the drive-thru clinic in Chillicothe.

First responders include police officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, all of whom are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 as they carry out the regular duties of their jobs. First responders who exhibit symptoms will work with their human resources departments to obtain a testing order. They will not need a physician order, according to a press release from the hospitals.

Saint Luke’s Regional Lab is currently processing the majority of COVID-19 tests in regular runs throughout the day. This allows for much faster testing results, some as soon as within 24 hours.

To be tested, first responders must have any new symptom, including but not limited to:

Fever of 100 degrees or higher; Loss of smell or taste; Cough; Shortness of breath; Diarrhea; Sore throat; or Body aches.

First responders who are experiencing new symptoms should work directly with their human resources departments to obtain a referral for a drive-thru test at the location set up at 1100 Washington St. A referral form, badge, and personal identification will be required at the testing site. The drive-thru clinic is operating Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Public safety departments interested in learning more about coordinating testing through Hedrick and Wright Memorial, please contact Jenny Moss at jmoss@saintlukeskc.org or 660-214-8445.

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