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Huggins offers drive-through COVID-19 testing



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Kate Frechette, Surgical Technologist (L) , assists Sheri Thomas, RN, at Huggins Hospital's drive through testing site for Covid-19. If you have symptoms and would like to schedule an appointment, you may call the COVID-19 Hotline at 569-7558. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
May 13, 2020
WOLFEBORO — Huggins Hospital offers drive through Covid-19 testing on site by clinical staff at no cost. Anyone who has symptoms, which can include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell, may call the COVID-19 Hotline at 569-7558.

Hotline staff will provide screening over the phone, arrange your provider order and schedule testing. According to Monika O'Clair, Vice President of Strategy & Community Relations, insurance companies are billed, and if the insurance company does not pay, there are other avenues for payment based on federal funding that has been provided.

For those without insurance, "We treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance situation. This goes for COVID-19 care as well as all health care we provide," states O'Clair.

Observing the drive through operation on May 11 during a light rain, a team of skilled professionals was ready to step out of the building as soon as a car rounded the corner. A red covering protected the driver, who was able to just roll down the window to begin the testing procedure. The swab sample was collected quickly, information to take home was passed to the driver, and within five minutes the test was complete.

O'Clair said currently, it takes approximately three days to get the test results.

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