Keeping Everyone Safe
Pershing Health System continues to work daily to provide a safe environment for all our patients, visitors, and employees. We continue to follow the CDC guidelines and precautions to keep you and your family healthy and safe:
- Screening all staff, patients, and visitors
- Cleaning and disinfection of exam rooms between each patient visit
- Maintaining visitor restrictions to limit exposure to others during your visit
- Maintaining social distancing in the waiting rooms
- Requiring face masks or coverings to enter our facilities
Pershing Health System patients who are not COVID positive may have one visitor at a time. All visitors must be 16 years old and will be required to undergo entry screening, wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing.
- Special circumstances and staff discretion will be taken into consideration depending on the patient care situation.
Pershing’s COVID Committee will continue to monitor local data trends for COVID cases and make adjustments to policies, as indicated.
COVID PCR and COVID Antigen Testing
If you feel you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, please follow the policy below:
- Pershing Lab now offers same day COVID PCR and COVID Antigen results.
- A provider order is needed for all COVID tests. Orders for testing can be faxed to 660-258-1205.
- If you are getting a COVID test for travel or pre op and are not symptomatic for COVID, no appointment is needed although you must have an order from your provider. Please use the front entrance of the hospital (rather than the ER entrance) and go to admissions during normal outpatient hours.
- All symptomatic COVID patients must schedule a testing appointment and remain in their vehicle. Staff will swab patients outside.
- Testing is by appointment Monday-Friday. Limited testing availability on Saturday, Sundays and holidays also by appointment. Call 660-258-2222 for further information and for a testing time that will work for you.
- Results are faxed to the ordering provider and you can also obtain them through the Medical Records department during normal business hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.
- Further instructions regarding the testing process will be given when you call to schedule a time for a test.
Click here for CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker Link. This tool will help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care (unvaccinated people only).
Did you recently test positive for COVID-19?
Talk to your health care provider right away to see if you are eligible for a Mononclonal antibody infusion. Pershing Health System administers these infusions for people with active COVID-19.
What it Mononclonal antibody infusion?
Mononclonal antibodies are like your body’s own antibodies. They quickly boost your immune system by blocking and destroying the COVID virus from getting into your cells and making it more difficult for the virus to reproduce and cause harm. The Mononclonal antibody infusion are given to people at a higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. The infusions are given through a one-time IV infusion and must be given as soon as possible within 10 days of getting a symptom.
Who can get this treatment?
- Non-hospitalized patients with mild to moderate symptoms with less than 10 days since symptom onset.
- Age 12 or older and weigh at least 80 lbs. or more and have any of the following: Chronic kidney disease, heart of lung disease, BMI of 25 or greater, pregnancy, diabetes, or immunosuppressive disease.
- Have been told by a doctor that they are at high risk of a serious case of COVID-19
- Other medical conditions or factors may also place individual patients at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19, contact your primary care provider to see if you qualify for the Mononclonal antibody infusion.
Check with the Linn County Health Department or pharmacies for vaccine availability. Local options include Green Hills Pharmacy (660-258-2122). Walmart and Hy-Vee pharmacies have online registration for vaccines at these links depending on the desired location: