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Avera Medical Group Spencer Implementing Drive-Up Testing For Influenza, RSV Or Strep Throat; Doctor's Order Is Required

Wed 3-18-2020

(Spencer)-- Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS) has implemented drive-up testing for patients who have been referred by an AMGS provider to specifically come to the clinic to be tested for influenza, RSV or strep throat.

Dr. Nathaniel Meyer, a family practitioner at AMGS, says walk-ins are NOT permitted for ANY health concern. He says that means every patient needs to call first for an appointment prior to being seen. Dr. Meyer says during that call, it will be determined if the patient meets criteria for using the drive-up testing. He says patients will not be tested without an order from a physician.

AMGS officials say if the more common illnesses are ruled out, healthcare providers can further assess patients and determine if they meet current state guidelines for COVID-19 testing.