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Clinic offers COVID tests, but make an appointment first

I read with interest Jerry Murphy’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper. He was able to get a COVID test at Valley Immediate Care without a doctor’s referral. My understanding is that, in order to get a test, you must have a doctor’s referral. Have the rules changes recently?

— Bill F., Medford

Well, Bill, according to Valley Immediate Care, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to get a COVID-19 test at their facility, However, you still need to make an appointment.

Because of an overwhelming demand for tests, Valley Immediate Care has set up an online scheduling form that allows users to choose times and the facility to get a test — Ashland, Grants Pass and north or south Medford.

Asante offers drive-thru testing sites in Medford at 1321 Center Drive and in Grants Pass at 1630 Ringuette St, but only for patients with referrals from their health care providers. Results take up to 14 days, according to the Asante COVID-19 web page.

You could also schedule an appointment at the Providence Stewart Meadows Urgent Care clinic, though you would need a referral from a health care provider.

Mr. Murphy may have just been lucky when he arrived at the Valley Immediate Care facility in north Medford without an appointment. According to the Valley Immediate Care website, the current walk-in wait time is nearly seven hours.

Consulting with your health care provider about whether to receive a test and then scheduling an appointment is the best way to go.

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