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Riverwood update on COVID-19 testing

As we continue to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Riverwood Healthcare has comprehensive screening and precautions in place to keep patients, visitors and its staff safe.

“We’re testing anyone with symptoms or exposure to the virus at our Aitkin and McGregor locations,” said Dr. David Taylor, Riverwood’s chief medical officer who has been leading the COVID-19 response. “I urge anyone with concerns about illness symptoms to consult their provider about getting tested.  Our providers can do a virtual phone or video visit as needed.”

Riverwood has a good supply of COVID-19 tests that need to be sent out to a commercial lab for processing. However, the rapid tests that are processed in Riverwood’s lab with results in an hour or so are limited due to a smaller supply and only used for testing patients who may or will need hospitalization, emergency or urgent surgical patients, and essential workers where a quick result is vital to prevent the spread of virus infections to others.

The Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 list includes, but is not limited to, these symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Those with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

For information on symptoms and testing call our Riverwood Coronavirus Helpline at 844-428-1323, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

For a COVID-19 update from Dr. David Taylor, Riverwood Chief Medical Officer, tune in to KKIN Radio (94.3 FM or 930 AM) on Tues, Aug 25, 8:30-9 am.