Cody Regional Health Stresses the use of Free COVID-19 Testing

Cody, Wyo.(October 23, 2020) Cody Regional Health received word that Governor Mark Gordon has made free, at-home COVID-19 testing available to Wyoming residents. Cody Regional Health is optimistic about this helping ease the burden on their drive-thru testing, respiratory clinic, and emergency room.

According to a Wyoming Media Press release, the saliva test is administered by Vault Health and allows residents to get results at home without needing to visit a healthcare provider. Wyoming has purchased 75,000 tests and could obtain additional tests if needed. The program will supplement currently available testing options that include private healthcare providers, hospitals, and some pharmacies.

“This at-home, non-invasive testing option is another tool to help Wyoming slow the spread of this virus,” Governor Gordon said. “It’s one more way we can help protect our vulnerable populations, keep businesses open, and make sure our hospital beds are available to those who need them.”

To take advantage of the free testing, please visit https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid and order a collection kit. The $150 testing fee is waived for all kits shipped to a Wyoming address and all shipping is prepaid. The saliva is collected during a supervised, online telehealth visit with a Vault test supervisor, which requires an internet connection. Results are reported within 48 hours of when your sample arrives at the lab.

“Cody Regional Health is hoping local communities take advantage of this at-home option to help offset some of the burdens on healthcare workers. We have been hit hard with the rise in COVID lately and believe this at-home testing kit is a great option,” states CRH Chief Ambulatory Officer, Andrea McKay.

Cody Regional Health would like to share the other COVID-19 testing sites in Park County to help others be aware of where they can go for COVID testing:

  • CRH Drive-Thru Testing: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday | 8:00 – 11:00 AM or when tests run out | Cody Rodeo Grounds 519 W. Yellowstone Ave., Cody, WY 82414
  • CRH Walk-in Respiratory Clinic: Monday through Friday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Saturday –Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Call 578-2903 to set up an appointment | 424 Yellowstone Ave., Cody, WY 82414
  • Billings Clinic Cody: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 AM call 527-7561 to set up an appointment | 201 Yellowstone Ave., Cody, WY 82414
  • Powell Respiratory Clinic: Monday through Friday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Saturday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM | 777 Ave., H, Powell, WY 82435

Patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations or other more serious symptoms should go to their closest ER or call 9-1-1.

As COVID-19 cases rise statewide, Cody Regional Health continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart and stress the importance of staying home when ill.

For assistance with this story, please contact Ashley Trudo at atrudo@codyregionalhealth.org or call (307) 578-2512.

About Cody Regional Health

CRH is a national leading critical care access healthcare system serving Northwest Wyoming. CRH employs and partners with over 100 providers offering a wide variety of comprehensive services including a walk-in clinic, Orthopaedic clinic, wound care, and cardiology. Adjacent to our hospital is a 94-bed Long-Term Care Center and 16-bed chemical dependency center. CRH offers an 8-bed hospice care house and a regional cancer center. CRH abides by the Planetree philosophy as a model of health care. The Planetree model strives to enhance patient comfort by personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the health care experience. More information can be found at www.codyregionalhealth.org.

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