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COVID-19 Testing

According to the CDC, people with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

Testing Process

St. Luke’s offers COVID-19 testing to the following high-priority patients, per recommendations from the Idaho State Testing Taskforce:

  • Patients with COVID-19 symptoms, as confirmed through myChart self-triage, nurse triage by phone at 208-381-9500, or clinical evaluation.  
  • Asymptomatic patients (not exhibiting symptoms) will be tested under the following circumstances. Patients should ideally be tested between 24-48 hours (and no more than 72 hours) prior to: 
    • A planned surgery or certain procedures that involve increased exposure to a patient’s breath and/or airway (St. Luke’s will coordinate this testing as part of the pre-surgery/pre-procedure process.) 
    • Discharge or transfer from a St. Luke’s hospital to a high-risk congregate living facility, such as a long-term care, skilled nursing, or psychiatric care facility. 
Due to limited testing capacity and supplies, we are currently unable to accommodate asymptomatic testing under any other circumstances. This includes common requests from asymptomatic patients for pre-employment, return-to-work, or travel purposes. We are working with other community resources to identify alternate pathways for testing.  

COVID-19 tests will be provided to anyone who meets the above criteria. St. Luke's will bill your insurance company; however, you will not have an out-of-pocket or co-payment, regardless of your test result. If you do not have insurance, St. Luke's will not bill you for the test, regardless of the test result, and you will not be required to prove a need for financial assistance.  

For Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms 

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, please use our self-triage tool in myChart first; it will help you determine what to do next. If you don’t have a myChart account, you can create one online here

If self-triage indicates that you should be tested, you will be able to schedule an appointment through myChart at one of our designated clinic locations. You may also call our COVID-19 hotline for instructions or assistance at 208-381-9500. Please note: you must have an appointment for testing, we are unable to accept walk-ins. 

The following St. Luke’s care facilities are now offering specimen collection for symptomatic patients by appointment only:

Once an appointment is scheduled, patients will be instructed to drive to the clinic at their designated appointment time. Patients will stay in their cars rather than enter the clinic. Our staff will meet patients in the parking lot to complete screening and specimen collection.

Please visit an emergency department if you need treatment for severe symptoms. Please do not call the Emergency Department with general COVID-19 questions.

For Asymptomatic Patients (not exhibiting symptoms)

For any patient who is asymptomatic but may have had an exposure and does not meet the testing criteria above, we continue to recommend isolation after potential exposure, social distancing, masking, hand hygiene, and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces.  

For Employers or Non-St. Luke’s Care Facilities 

For any employers or non-St. Luke’s care facilities in need of group testing, please contact your local public health district office; find the list here.

Other locations:

  • Saint Alphonsus: Screening and specimen collection for testing available at the main hospital with other locations to come soon. Look for more information soon.

  • Saltzer: Patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 can get PCR nasal swab tests at the two Saltzer Health urgent care clinics from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

  • Primary Health Medical Group: Patients can be evaluated and have samples collected at respiratory clinics in Garden City, Boise and Nampa. Patients are asked to call ahead to make a same-day appointment and remain in the car upon arrival.

    • Garden City, 5601 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-809-2865

    • Boise, 1475 N. Cole Rd., 208-809-2880

    • Nampa, 700 Caldwell Blvd., 208-466-6567