• By Kelley Luckstein

COVID-19 specimen collection site available at Graham Park

March 20, 2020
Mayo Clinic specimen collection material

Updated March 25, 2020

Beginning Thursday, March 26 the new hours for the Graham Park COVID-19 specimen collection site are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The collections hours are being changed to better align with two other collection sites, reduce confusion and provide better customer service.

Individuals who would like to be tested for COVID-19 are required to call their primary care provider to have a phone screening first to determine whether testing is appropriate. If approved, individuals will be directed to a specimen collection site and will receive further instructions at the site.

Updated March 23, 2020

The specimen collection site at Graham Park is open Monday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CDT, and beginning Tuesday, March 24, the collection site will be operational from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm CDT daily.

Individuals who want to be tested for COVID-19 are required to call their primary care provider to have a phone screening first to determine if testing is appropriate. If approved, patients will be directed to a specimen collection site and will receive further instructions at the site. More details below.

March 20, 2020:

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Olmsted County Public Health, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, are developing a community COVID-19 specimen collection site due to the increasing demands for testing. The Graham Park Collaborative Collection Site is being designed as a large-scale drive-through specimen collection site. Teams from each organization are planning and piloting the process to assure the site can be quickly activated. The community organizations will be piloting the drive-through process on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until the limited specimen collections are exhausted. The goal is to identify process issues and make adjustments as needed.

Individuals who want to be tested for COVID-19 are required to call their primary care provider to have a phone screening first to determine if testing is appropriate. If approved, patients will be directed to a specimen collection site and will receive further instructions at the site. Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center staff will collect the specimens, using appropriate precautions. Tests will be processed by Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

Note: Olmsted County Public Health, Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center ask that news media respect the privacy of patients and refrain from shooting video or photos at the site. Health officials are concerned that fear of publicity will lead patients who need testing to avoid it. Also, drones or helicopters hovering overhead, and photographers zooming in, are distressing and distracting for patients and staff. More information here.

Media contact: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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