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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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.
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.