Mayo Clinic launches streamlined testing for COVID-19, other respiratory illnesses

Mayo Clinic launches streamlined testing for COVID-19, other respiratory illnesses

KAAL-TV
Created: December 08, 2020 12:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Starting Tuesday Mayo Clinic began offering more streamlined testing for patients being tested for COVID-19.

Mayo Clinic said during fall and winter patients can experience illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19 and the hope is to help patients get answers quickly and easily. 

Patients experiencing symptoms will still call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525. "There will be a single process for screening, testing and sharing results at Mayo locations across the Midwest."

The screening will consider illnesses including COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus. For some children, Mayo Clinic said the process can include screening for strep throat.

Mayo Clinic will:

  • Determine what tests patients need based on their symptoms.
  • Direct them to a local testing site if they meet criteria for testing.
  • Provide instructions for scheduling their test.

"Specimens will be sent to a Mayo Clinic lab for analysis, with results expected in 24 to 72 hours.  Mayo Clinic will contact patients who are positive for any of the illnesses that they are tested for and advise as to the appropriate next steps."


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