With more extensive COVID-19 testing available at health care facilities across the county, Hardin Memorial Health’s Respiratory Virus Evaluation Center recently switched to only testing patients and families who will be having operations.

Assistant Vice President of Emergency Service Deanna Parker said the center, which opened in March behind the hospital, helped HMH care for patients when testing was limited. Now, with more community access to COVID-19 testing, she said HMH has transitioned the center to a testing clinic for those with scheduled HMH procedures.

“Today, the original RVEC space allows HMH surgery patients to easily complete COVID testing before their procedure,” she said.

Parker said the HMH CareFirst Urgent Care Cen­ters in Elizabethtown on Ring Road and also in Radcliff are now the primary locations for drive-thru COVID-19 testing. She said all HMH locations can refer patients for testing at the HMH CareFirst Urgent Care locations – and in most cases tests happen the same day.

Parker said the HMH CareFirst Urgent Care locations continue to evolve by providing new services for patients that need to be treated. She said video visits are a growing sector of HMH CareFirst appointments. Patients can schedule a video visit for illness so they can avoid physically coming to the doctor.

“This is a very simple and effective way for treatment,” she said.

Patients can call 270-706-1771 or visit HMH.net for more information.

“HMH is working hard to keep our patients, staff and facilities safe. HMH locations encourage patients to a call from their car, complete a quick registration and then wait in their car until time to be seen,” Parker said. “Also, any patients presenting to CareFirst who are exhibiting COVID symptoms have the ability to be tested.”

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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Perhaps eventually they should consider testing everyone that has an appointment with a Hospital physician that requires bloodwork to be done.

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