RENSSELAER, Indiana - Franciscan Health Rensselaer offers drive-through COVID-19 testing on the East side of the hospital, 1104 East Grace Street.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday, and additional time on Thursday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Patients must have a physician order and pre-register by calling (219) 866-2026. The patient's physician will provide the hospital with the order prior to the patient arriving for test.
To minimize unnecessary exposure, testing will be completed in the patient's car. All vehicle occupants must be masked.
After testing, patients will be sent home to treat their symptoms. The patient's physician will notify them with test results within three to five days. COVID-19 is a viral illness, and treatment is rest, drinking fluids and medication that reduces fever. You can protect yourself from transmission of the virus by washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.
For those seeking information, we request that they not call the Emergency Department, since it takes resources away from treating our patients. Instead, please reach out to your physician's office. A free online COVID-19 risk assessment tool is also available at franciscanhealth.org/covidaware.
Those with general questions about coronavirus can also find resources online, which are updated regularly, including:
By Mindy Coddington