With Blaine County sitting in the critical zone for multiple weeks on its COVID-19 risk level assessment, and testing being only available for people with symptoms, St. Luke’s found a way to expand testing.
St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation and Dr. Tom Archie, MD came together to create COVID Outreach Wood River. It is a COVID health fair with drive-up testing.
People looking to get a test must schedule online at the COIVD Outreach Wood River website. The website lays out test guidelines; people who have received a positive test in the last three months do not meet the requirements, it recommends people who have close contact exposure test five to eight days after and if you are symptomatic getting tested two to three days after is recommended.
St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation donated the tests, so there is no cost for the nasal swab.
They estimate test results to come back between 24 and 36 hours. The COVID Outreach website says that patients tested need to isolate pending results.
The COVID testing fair begins in Ketchum on November 5 at the Lupine Building, followed by Hailey on Friday at the Blaine County School District Office and Bellevue on Saturday at South Central Public Health. More information about locations and testing is available on the COVID Outreach Wood River website.