Cody Regional Health and Billings Clinic Create Viral Screening Unit

Written by on March 24, 2020

Two regional hospitals have set up new networks for virus testing.

Cody Regional Health and Billings Clinic have joined forces to create a new Viral Screening Unit on the west end of the Cody Regional campus. This unit – staffed by Cody Regional and Billings Clinic providers from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm, seven days a week – will streamline the process of testing for several illnesses. Patients will first receive a 16 viral screening panel to rule out common viral infections such as RSV and Influenza A and B. If deemed appropriate by the provider, then patients will be testes for COVID-19 with viral panel results available in 24 hours.

Cody Regional Health has also been perfecting their COVID-19 Call Center. Two registered nurses are staffing the line from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week. This is for anyone suspicious of their symptoms. The data collected thus far indicate that the first symptom of COVID-19 is a high, persistent fever, accompanied by a dry cough and difficulty breathing. Several first-hand accounts also report the first “unofficial” symptom is a sudden loss of the sense of smell.

If any of these symptoms manifest in you, call the Call Center at 578-2000. Then make your way to the Viral Screening Unit.

Simple as that!

 


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