As the Minot community, and indeed, North Dakota as a whole struggles to come to terms with the ongoing health crisis that Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought, the staff at Lakeview Health Clinic are doing their part to help. On March 18th, the clinic implemented a drive-through testing program for patients.
Since Lakeview operates independently, the clinic is able to test patients who have symptoms that match those of COVID-19 without them having had to travel to a geographic location with confirmed community transmission, or having had contact with a confirmed case. Patients are simply asked to call ahead to speak to Tara Hiatt, the clinic’s testing coordinator, to be screened. If patients meet criteria, they are asked to report to the clinic, where Hailee Peterson, LPN (pictured above) performs a nasopharyngeal swab on them without them ever having to leave their vehicle. The sample is then forwarded to Northern Plains Laboratory in Bismarck, where their microbiology team performs a “rule out” viral respiratory panel (which tests for illnesses like Influenza A&B, rhinovirus, metapneumovirus, etc) before it is forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Health state lab.
Patients are typically seeing results from the respiratory panel the following day and results from NDDoH within 48 hours. So far, Lakeview has performed 10 tests, all of which have come back negative for Novel Coronavirus. The tests have, however, caught several other viral infections, and even one case of pneumonia.
The most frequently reported symptoms of COVID-19 are:
>Fever (usually 101 or higher)
>Shortness of Breath
If you or someone you know is showing symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is interested in being tested, please call the clinic at 701-852-8502, and ask to speak to Tara Hiatt. Patients are also welcome to email at email@example.com