St. Luke's closing screening and specimen collection tents on Friday

St. Luke's closing screening and specimen collection tents on Friday
Posted at 11:01 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:20:42-04

BOISE, Idaho — St. Luke's is shifting its COVID-19 response to a longer term strategy to continue to serve patients throughout the pandemic. As part of the process, screening and specimen collection tents will be closed and transitioned to select clinics.

The tents will close at 4 p.m. on May 22 and screening services will begin in select clinics on May 23. People with COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to the following St. Luke's facilities for screening during regular operating hours:

  • Boise: St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine at 701 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
  • Jerome: St. Luke’s Clinic – Jerome Family Medicine at 132 5th Ave. W.
  • Magic Valley: St. Luke’s Quick Care at 775 Pole Line Rd. W.
  • Meridian: St. Luke’s Clinic – Ada Medical Associates at Portico East, 3399 E. Louise Dr.
  • Wood River: St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine in Hailey at 1450 Aviation Dr.

Extra precautions will be taken to protect patients and staff from the virus. If you think you may have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, use the St. Luke's self-triage tool to determine next steps. The self-triage tool does not substitute for advice from a primary care provider.

You will have to login to myChart to access the self-triage tool. If the tool says a person should be tested, they will be able to schedule an appointment in myChart at one of the above clinics. If a person needs to visit the emergency department for treatment of severe symptoms, they should call ahead and ask for a face mask when they arrive. For more instructions or assistance, call the St. Luke's COVID-19 hotline at 208-381-9500.

Once an appointment is scheduled, the patient will be instructed to drive to the clinic at their designated appointment time and stay in their car rather than enter the clinic. St. Luke’s staff will meet the patient in the parking lot to complete screening and specimen collection.

According to a press release from St. Luke's, communities will likely see waves of COVID-19 activities for the next few months. The shift in strategy at St. Luke's is to better adapt to evolving demand over time.

St. Luke's officials will monitor testing needs so they are prepared to quickly open more screening and specimen collection locations, if needed.