By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson City Fire Department recently sent out a notice that they will be having and operating a CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 TESTING SITE.

Here is the information they released:

The McPherson Fire Department will now be operating a Coronavirus/COVID-19 testing site from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

No doctor order will be required and the tests will be free!

The results of the test will be sent to the individual being tested within 24-36 hours of the specimen having been collected.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not eat, smoke, drink, chew gum or brush your teeth within 30 minutes of being tested.

Individuals wanting to be tested need to call 620-245-2505 to check on availability and to schedule their Coronavirus/COVID-19 test.

Personnel will collect patient information and explain the guidelines of testing with those individuals/patients who are requesting a test.

An area will be identified by signage and will have been cordoned off for parking. The area designated is in the rear parking lot of the McPherson Fire Station at 312 E. Kansas Avenue in McPherson.

Upon arrival, PLEASE FOLLOW instructions carefully and park in the coned off area of the rear parking area.

Once you have parked, please remain in your vehicle until further instructions can be given by calling 620-245-2505.

Testing people will place a TEST KIT in a staging box and then explain instructions to the individual/patient being tested.

There will be an observer present during all testing – DO NOT APPROACH THE OBSERVOR.

FOLLOW THE 6-STEP PROCESS for testing when arriving at staging box:

  1. Go to staging box in designated area.
  2. Remove the collection tube out of the biohazard bag in box and carefully take the lid off.
  3. You will then proceed to pool saliva (your spit) into the collection tube until it reaches the 1 ML mark. (Fill the cone of the collection tube.)
  4. Once you are done – replace the lid of the tube securely. (Failure to properly secure the lid may result in the specimen being rejected or at minimum a delayed testing result.)
  5. Place the collection tube back into the biohazard bag and securely seal it shut.
  6. Place the biohazard bag back into the collection box and return to your vehicle. The test collection has now concluded and you, the patient/individual are free to leave.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Do not eat, smoke, drink, chew gum or brush teeth within 30 minutes of being tested.

If an individual has any questions or concerns, please call or contact the McPherson Fire Department at 620-245-2505.

Please frequently check the McPherson Fire Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/McphersonFireDepartment and the McPherson City website at www.mcpcity.com for all updated concerning testing hours and availability.

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