Test Iowa Clinic to remain in Spirit Lake

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Test Iowa Clinic serving Dickinson County will remain open past the end of the month — but Iowans will be directed to a different location in Spirit Lake.

Drive-thru testing is currently taking place at the Lakes Ice Arena at 3800 Sunner Ave. That location will close at noon Friday.

Testing then resumes at 8 a.m. Monday when the clinic reopens at Lakes Regional Healthcare's north parking lot on 23rd Street in Spirit Lake. It is still a drive-thru clinic, according to Lakes Regional Healthcare officials.

The parking lot is just outside of the hospital’s Imaging Department and also where the Spirit Lake Medical Center parking lot used to be located.

September hours at the LRH north parking lot will be:

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

• 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

• 7-9 a.m. Friday

Iowans should note the Test Iowa Clinic in Spirit Lake will be closed Labor Day. Hours on the following Tuesday will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to get a COVID-19 test through the Test Iowa clinic, the governor and local health officials encourage Iowans to:

1. Complete the online assessment at testiowa.com.

2. Participants will receive an email from TestIowa.com that includes a bar code at the conclusion of the online assessment. Iowans should print the bar code or take a screenshot of it.

3. No appointment is needed. Please wear a mask, bring the bar code and have personal identification, such as a drivers license. Be aware that healthcare staff will be dressed in appropriate personal protective equipment including a gown, gloves, mask, and face shield. This is for your protection as well as their own.

Test results will be emailed to the participant within 48 to 72 hours. The results are also available through Test Iowa's "Patient Portal." Participants should enter their personal identifier/bar code number to check their results. If the coronavirus test results are positive, the patient would receive further instructions about self-quarantine and any additional medical attention.

Dickinson County has recorded 403 positive cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The count includes 359 recoveries. Educators are relying on COVID-19 data as they bring students and staffs back to school buildings and campuses.

At the Iowa Lakes Community College Board meeting in August, college President Valerie Newhouse updated the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees about the arrival of students on campus over the most recent weekend.

"We are eager to begin another academic year, and while we have made some changes, the feeling of excitement is still strong on our campuses," she said.

Facilities Management Executive Director Delaine Hiney shared new COVID-19 mitigation efforts implemented at the five Iowa Lakes campuses.

"Iowa Lakes has fogged all standard classrooms with an antimicrobial surface protectant to sanitize students' workspaces," she said. "This protectant lasts for 90 days and is proven to be highly effective."

 The college maintenance staff members also adjusted the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system on the campuses by strategically timing air exchanges with a higher fresh air percentage and increasing the overall fresh air brought into the facilities throughout the day.

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