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Memorial Drive-Thru Lab and COVID-19 Testing Site Expanded to Indoor Drive-Thru Structure

SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Health System has expanded its drive-thru lab and respiratory testing site on South Sixth Street in Springfield to include indoor lanes.

Patients can now drive into a structure, so they are protected from the winter weather. The new drive-thru lanes replace the tents that had been at the location. The structure creates a more convenient and safe experience for patients, who do not have to leave their vehicles, and for healthcare employees.

The expanded drive-thru lab and testing site is at 2950 S. Sixth St. and opened Dec. 28. The site’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Patients need a physician’s order to access drive-thru lab services or must be showing symptoms to be tested for COVID-19.

If you believe you may have been exposed during the holiday season, particularly if you had a large family holiday gathering, symptoms could appear three to 14 days after exposure. Common initial symptoms are a fever of 101F or higher, a cough, headache, fatigue or diarrhea.

Visit MemorialMD.com for more information or call the respiratory clinic’s hotline at 217-588-4019.

Lauren Blake, one of the frontline healthcare workers at Memorial Physician Services’ respiratory clinic on South Sixth Street, arrives prior to its opening for the day. The drive-thru clinic has been expanded into an indoor structure with drive-up lanes so patients don’t have to leave their vehicles and are protected from the winter weather. Blake is a medical technician with Memorial ExpressCare. (Photo: Kara Slating / Memorial Health System)

Robin Murphy, left, director of Memorial ExpressCare, and Diana Deheve, lab team leader, prepare for the day’s opening of Memorial Physician Services’ respiratory clinic on South Sixth Street, which now features indoor lanes at its expanded site. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. (Photo: Kara Slating / Memorial Health System)

Mallory Becker, an athletic trainer with Decatur Memorial Hospital, who has been at the Springfield respiratory clinic since the summer assisting with swabbing patients, prepares to take a sample from Colton Rowden in the expanded indoor structure. (Photo: Kara Slating / Memorial Health System)

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