WMMC Opens COVID-19 Testing and Evaluation Site

WMMC Opens COVID-19 Testing and Evaluation Site

Warrensburg, MO (March 17, 2020) — Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) will be opening up an evaluation and testing site for patients showing symptoms for COVID-19 such as fever, cough and shortness of breath as determined by a physician.

If you think that you might have COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that you do not walk into the nearest clinic for testing. This will help healthcare professionals protect themselves and other patients. Instead, you should call your primary care physician (PCP) to report symptoms. If you do not have a PCP, please call the Warrensburg Express Care at (660) 262-7580. A doctor’s order is needed to run a COVID-19 test. If you have orders to be tested, WMMC has established a designated testing site in the east parking lot off of Gay Street.

Once your provider determines testing is necessary, you will first be tested for the flu. If the flu test is negative, you will then be tested for COVID-19. You can expect to wait up to three to four days for the results. In the meantime, you will be given self-quarantine instructions.

“We are committed to keeping both patients and the public safe,” says Darinda Dick, President/CEO. “By implementing this process, we are preventing the spread of COVID-19. There is no issue more important to us than making sure we manage this situation as effectively as possible.”

The CDC does not recommend well people to wear facemasks to prevent exposure to COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases. Masks should be worn by people who show signs of the disease, so they prevent the spread of the disease to others.

To learn more about what WMMC is doing to be proactive about our community’s health, visit WMMC.com/COVID-19.

Darinda J. Dick, President/CEO WMMC, Drs. Drew Glover and David Glover observing the process at the evaluation and testing site.

COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing Site on WMMC Property.

About Western Missouri Medical Center

Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com