March 17, 2020
MU Health Care has treated a patient who has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is self-isolating at home, and MU Health Care is taking several additional steps to assess, test and treat people to prevent the spread of the virus.
Beginning Wednesday, MU Health Care will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing for patients with physician orders. The drive-thru testing is for patients with mild symptoms who’ve been assessed by a provider either through a clinic or video visit. Once fully operational, the testing will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the MU softball stadium parking lot.
MU Health Care is now working with a local vendor to make rapid testing available within hours rather than days.
“The new system will provide a fast, safe and convenient way to test for the virus without increasing exposure risks to others,” said Mary Beck, DNP, MU Health Care chief nursing officer. “The drive-thru will also lessen the testing burden on our emergency departments for patients with mild symptoms, freeing them up to care for the sickest patients.”
In an effort to expand access, MU Health Care is now offering free video visits to assess for COVID-19. Patients should visit MUHealthVideoVisits.org, create an account or login if you have an existing account, and select the "COVID-19" video visit option.
In addition, visitor policies are changing, and, beginning Wednesday, all MU Health Care patients will be limited to one visitor (at least 18 years old) for their entire stay. Pediatric patients can have two visitors. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
“We are taking these steps to protect our patients, visitors and staff,” said Kevin Gwin, chief patient experience officer. “We understand this will be an inconvenience for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe these steps are necessary to ensure a safe environment for everyone.”
Most public entrances will remain open to visitors, but additional restrictions may be necessary.
For more details about these additional services and information regarding COVID-19, visit muhealth.org/coronavirus.