SIH exploring adding additional COVID-19 testing site in Carbondale

On Thursday SIH tested 589 people for COVID-19 in their Marion and Carbondale drive-through locations

November 13, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare is exploring options to expand their drive-thru testing sites in Carbondale due to increased demand during the region’s recent surge of COVID-19 cases according to SIH Communications Coordinator Rosslind Rice.

“We’ve also implemented a new option to schedule your COVID test online here. We are doing all we can to see the needs of the community and appreciate their support and patience,” Rice said.

According to Rice as of Friday morning SIH tested more than 59,131 people since March 13 with an 8 percent positive rate overall. The rolling average of positive tests on November 11 was 16 percent. As of November 12th the SIH system had 39 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, Rice said.

As we enter flu season Rice said it is extremely important for area residents who haven’t received their flu shots to get one to prevent hospitalizations of flu patients during the pandemic and free up beds for COVID-19 patients. “This will help our healthcare system and will help conserve resources.”

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