New COVID-19 test site, no insurance required
New COVID-19 test site, no insurance required

New COVID-19 test site, no insurance required

This is the first Idaho site from the company Curative, with a 24-48 hour performance review.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A new COVID-19 test site opened Monday in Hayden, as reported by our partners, Coeur d’Alene Press.

It is the first site in Idaho to start the public health service Curative, which has dozens of sites in Washington and thousands across the United States.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Curative Regional Director Elizabeth Bayardi said on Monday. Bayardi oversees testing in Montana, Washington, Alaska and now Idaho.

The test trailer is in the parking lot north of Prairie Shopping Center, between Hayden Library at 8385 N. Government Way and Hayden Discount Cinema at 300 W. Centa Drive. The site is available from the government or US 95.

Bayardi said no patients had used the new healing site around 6 p.m. 12:30 on its first day.

“We expect that as the message comes out, we will see some patients,” she said. “Our staff went around to the companies to get the message out, and the library is promoting it too. Just hopefully, when people drive by and see that we’re here, they will come by and be tested.”

Community Library Network Director Amy Rodda said the library offered Curative to use its back parking lot to perform the COVID tests.

“The Community Library Network has partnered with many health organizations to use our parking lots for mobile health services, such as blood donation and other testing services,” Rodda said.

Curative offers self-collected PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests with low nose, without being paid.

Customers are seen with or without insurance. No doctor’s referral is required.

“If they have no insurance, it’s no obstacle,” Bayardi said.

Clients will be asked screening questions about COVID-19 exposure and symptoms, which include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, congestion, nausea and diarrhea.

Test samples are sent to the Curatives Laboratory in California for processing. Processing time is 24-48 hours.

Bayardi said it is now time to open a clinic in Hayden as health districts and hospitals take a step back from testing, leaving gaps in the community.

“We want to step in and fill that gap,” she said. “That way, when county health departments and urban health departments go back to what they did pre-pandemic, which is what they have to do, people in the community can still be tested.”

Curative will provide masks that are necessary for those using the test cart.

Opening hours are 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday. The test trailer remains on site indefinitely.

“We are here, we are ready to serve the community,” Bayardi said. “We would love anyone who wants to be tested.”

Visit curative.com to book appointments.

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