MONROE CLINIC COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
With public demand for COVID-19 diagnostic testing increasing significantly, it is important that patients and the community understand where to seek testing, depending on whether one is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or not.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their health care providers. Monroe Clinic is well prepared to handle testing for COVID-19, turn the results around quickly and, if necessary, provide treatment. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (100F or higher), chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath/chest tightness, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, severe fatigue/exhaustion, muscle pain.
Monroe Clinic is providing drive-thru testing at our Urgent Care and FastCare locations for those who meet the criteria. Please do not enter the COVID-19 testing lane at either location without an appointment. If you have an appointment, please wait in line at your selected time and a staff member will be with you shortly.
Please note that all COVID-19 test results, both negative and positive, will be communicated to the patient through MyChart. Monroe Clinic will not be calling patients with their test results. To get started with MyChart, or learn more information, please visit our MyChart page.
Individuals age 5 and over who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but would like to get tested for COVID-19 should come to the local public testing facility. More information can be found below regarding testing in Green County. Testing is also avaible at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Illinois Department of Public Health also has a testing site available in Rockford. Reasons for wanting to get tested when not experiencing symptoms include –
- You’ve been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
- You’ve been at an event where individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.
- You have friends or relatives who have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed.
- You have friends or relatives who are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 and want to make sure you don’t expose them.
- You have upcoming travel, work or other life events that may require you getting tested.
COMMUNITY TESTING - GREEN COUNTY
Beginning September 9, 2020, Green County Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing to anyone 5 years of age or older. The testing site is set up as a drive-through. Anyone 5-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian authorized to give consent for the test on their behalf.
- Mondays from 9am - 1pm
- Wednesdays from 2pm - 6pm
- Thursdays from 9am - 1pm
- 628 West 10 1/2 Street, Monroe, WI 53566
Testing is recommended for:
- Individuals experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
- Individual who have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, regardless of symptoms
- Individuals without symptoms who have been instructed by public health or a health care provider to get a COVID-19 test for the purpose of preventing the spread of infection
For additional testing details and to pre-register, click here.
Individuals scheduled for an upcoming surgery/procedure at Monroe Clinic (Pre-Op Testing) will be instructed to schedule a COVID-19 test ahead of their procedure. Pre-Op testing is currently taking place in the Monroe Clinic Lab & Pre-Admissions department, located on the lobby level of our main campus.
Regardless of where individuals are tested, they should limit contact with others while test results are pending. For guidance on what to do when waiting for COVID-19 test results, click here.
Patients who are not experiencing symptoms and attempt to schedule a test through their health care provider are likely to be referred to the public testing site. Likewise, those tested at public sites who display symptoms of COVID-19 may be encouraged to reach out to their health care provider.
It’s also important to recognize that testing alone will not get us through this outbreak. Practicing smart preventive behavior remains the most important step we can take to reduce risk and slow spread in our community, including -
- Practicing physical distancing. Stay six feet away from people who do not live in your household
- Wear face coverings, especially if you will be indoors with others (e.g., grocery store)
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home if possible, especially if you have any symptoms (e.g. fever, cough)
- Follow isolation guidelines if you test positive. Follow quarantine guidelines if exposed to someone with COVID-19.