Baylor Scott & White outlines COVID-19 screening, testing process

Baylor Scott & White Health Tuesday outlined its screening process for COVID-19, which is aimed at making testing for the new virus “more efficient and accessible” to those who meet the criteria for testing. (MGN/file)
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(KWTX) Baylor Scott & White Health Tuesday outlined its screening process for COVID-19, which is aimed at making testing for the new virus “more efficient and accessible” to those who meet the criteria for testing.

A free online screening questionnaire is available for anyone who has questions or concerns about their risk on the MyBSWHealth app and online at MyBSWHealth.com.

“The results of this questionnaire may give reassurance about low risk with recommendations for hygiene and social distancing or may recommend further evaluation for those with more significant risk.” Scott & White said in a press release.

Those who require additional evaluation may conduct e-visits with providers on the app or the website between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If the provider advises testing for COVID-19, specimen collection can be arranged.

“We are making drive-thru specimen collection sites available as an option for patients,” Scott & White said.

“They might be directed to these sites after they complete an online screening questionnaire and subsequent consultation with our medical team.”

Collection sites are set up in the Waco-Temple-Killeen area.

“Specimen collection involves a nasal swab obtained by one of our medical team members, who will be wearing personal protective equipment in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations,” Scott & White said.

After specimens are collected, patients will be advised on the next steps to take, including self-quarantine at home pending the results.

Positive tests will be reported to local and state health departments and patients will be contacted as soon as possible, Scott & White said.