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LRH Re-Opens Drive Thru COVID Testing Line

Hospital news | Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Contact: Katie Johnson

[Fergus Falls, MN] Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced this week they will be re-opening their drive through COVID-19 testing station beginning Tuesday, August 10th. The move is in response to a growing demand for COVID testing with the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.

“We continue to offer testing through appointments with providers in our clinics, but greater demand and a growing number of symptomatic and positive patients called for a return to the drive-through testing option,” said LRH Chief Nursing Officer, Roberta Young. “As always, we are here for the community’s COVID and non-COVID healthcare needs. We’ve learned to adapt to the ever-changing nature of this virus, and it looks like we’ll need to continue that flexibility and resilience for the time being,” she added. The drive-through appointments for send-out testing will be available during limited hours Tuesday through Friday until further notice.

Young emphasized that vaccination, masking, and physical distancing remain our best public health prevention strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and that now is a great time for anyone who is unvaccinated to get the shot since the Governor’s $100 incentive is open through August 15th. Information about the incentive is on the Minnesota Department of Health website at https://mn.gov/covid19/100/. Vaccine clinics are being offered at the Lake Region Healthcare Fergus Falls main clinic on August 11th and August 18th. Another opportunity for the vaccine is scheduled at the Elbow Lake and Morris Clinics of the LRH Prairie Ridge locations on Friday, August 20th.

Further information about COVID testing options and vaccine opportunities is available at www.lrhc.org/covid19.

About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise

The Lake Region Healthcare enterprise is comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, an independent community-governed non-profit headquartered in Fergus Falls, the Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility in Fergus Falls, and the non-profit critical access hospital, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services headquartered in Elbow Lake. With over 100 medical staff and over 1,000 employees, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities with values of Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect and Innovation. Together we bring specialty and sub-specialty services to patients at hospital locations in Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake and at clinics in Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit: www.lrhc.org, www.prairiehealth.org or www.millstreet.lrhc.org.