Princeton Community Hospital offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) will be providing drive-thru testing for COVID-19. The announcement was made on Monday, March 23, 2020.

The drive-thru testing will begin on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The COVID-19 testing site will be based on a physician order. The plan will offer services Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Center entrance portico.

People will be required to have an outpatient physician order for the COVID-19 to be eligible for the service. People do not have to get out of their vehicles to get tested. Dr. Wallace Horne, VP of Medical Affairs at Princeton Community Hospital, said once you are at the site, someone from the PCH will come to your vehicle for registration, consent, and testing.

“We can test the patients, obtain the specimen so they don’t have to actually come into the building. It’s a protection for the private doctor, it’s a protection for the patient, so they don’t have to commingle with others and our staff has the appropriate equipment to safeguard their health,” Dr. Horne said.

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