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Rapid COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Those Experiencing Symptoms 

Mason City, Iowa; – Several MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center locations now  offer rapid COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients. With a rapid COVID-19 test, results are available  in as quickly as 20 minutes. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms must contact their  primary care provider to schedule an in-person or telehealth visit to determine if COVID-19 testing is  appropriate. Walk-in testing is not available.  

COVID-19 symptoms include: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

Individuals whose primary care provider is not located at one of the following MercyOne clinics should go  online to schedule an appointment or walk-in at MercyOne Mason City Urgent Care. 

  • Clear Lake Family Medicine
  • Clear Lake Pediatric and Adolescent Care
  • Forest City Family Medicine
  • Forest Park Family Medicine
  • Greene Family Medicine
  • Mason City Pediatric and Adolescent Care
  • Northwood Family Medicine
  • Rockford Family Medicine
  • Regency Family Medicine
  • Sheffield Family Medicine

Individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and want to find out if they are eligible to be tested are encouraged to call the MercyOne Family Health Line at 641-428-7777. After an initial phone screening,  instructions for testing will be provided to the patient if applicable per the Iowa Department of Public  Health guidelines. COVID-19 tests completed at the MercyOne testing site are not rapid tests. Tests 

results are typically available within 3 to 4 days, although in some circumstances results could take longer  due to high demand.  

MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center is dedicated to providing a safe environment for patients and  colleagues. We have implemented numerous precautions and safe practice guidelines. We are adhering  to all CDC guidelines including social distancing, mandatory masks for everyone over two years of age  and using increased cleaning procedures. In addition to in-person care, patients can also continue to  receive the quality care they need from their provider in the comfort of their home with telehealth visits

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About MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center  

MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. MercyOne’s  care providers and staff make health the highest priority. The system’s clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates are located throughout the state  of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between Catholic Health Initiatives (now  CommonSpirit Health) and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. Getting well and staying well is  MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center’s highest priority. Our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve  the lives of individuals and communities across the North Iowa area and beyond.


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