Hospital entrances are reorganized for safer access for patients and visitors.
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has announced that as a result of the increase
in the community spread positive cases of COVID-19, they have expanded
their hotline and testing capabilities.
The OMC COVID-19 Hotline has increased its number of operators and expanded
its hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. If upon screening, it
is determined that you should be tested, you may be directed to an OMC
COVID-19 drive-through testing site located at OMC Family Medicine, 181
Kentucky Ave, Suite 100, West Plains.
OMC employs diagnostic testing methods, also referred to as viral or molecular
testing as opposed to an antibody (serology) test at all rural clinics
and the emergency department. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), molecular tests detect whether genetic material
is present indicating an active coronavirus infection. Antibody tests
detect whether antibodies have developed in a patient’s immune system,
but should not be used to confirm whether an active infection is present.
Hospital entrances at OMC have been reorganized to continue to keep patients
and visitors safe. Most notably, patients that previously entered through
the Emergency Department (ED) for imaging and lab services are now being
instructed to use the Surgery/Main Entrance, beginning September 16.
“The safety and security of our patients, residents, visitors, and
co-workers continue at all times, to be our highest priority. said Tom
Keller, President, and CEO, OMC. “We take great pride in maintaining
a safe environment and in helping keep our communities safe.”
To find out how you can be tested with the most accurate testing methods
available through a convenient drive-through option after a consultation
with a provider, call the OMC COVID-19 Hotline at 417-505-7120.
OMC COVID-19 Drive-through testing site located at OMC Family Medicine,
181 Kentucky Ave, Suite 100, West Plains.