According to the CDC, people with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- 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
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.
St. Luke’s clinical protocol is to wait at least 14 days between tests. If you need an additional test due to continued or worsening symptoms, you may schedule a test by contacting your primary care provider. If you need to be seen for your symptoms, please visit your primary care provider or urgent care. If you are experiencing severe symptoms and need immediate assistance, go to the nearest emergency department.
The following St. Luke’s facilities are now offering specimen collection for symptomatic patients by appointment only. Please use myChart to schedule or call our COVID hotline at 208-381-9500 for assistance:
- Baker City: St. Luke's Clinic – Eastern Oregon Medical Associates at 3950 17th St.
- Boise: St. Luke's Clinic – Idaho Pulmonary Associates at 2051 E. Summersweet Dr.
- Elmore: St. Luke's Quick Care at 840 N. 4th East
- Fruitland: St. Luke's Clinic – Family Medicine at 1210 NW 16th St.
- Jerome: St. Luke’s Clinic – Jerome Family Medicine at 132 5th Ave. W.
- Ketchum: Pod trailer in Physician Office Annex parking lot, St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center at 100 Hospital Dr. - View map (pdf)
- McCall: St. Luke's Clinic - Payette Lakes Family Medicine at 211 Forest St.
- Meridian: St. Luke's COVID Testing at 3525 E. Louise Dr., Suite 165
- Nampa: Call the St. Luke's triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.
- Twin Falls: St. Luke's COVID Testing, Renaissance Business Park at 746 N. College Rd., Suite D (Genoa Building) - View map (pdf)
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 Options for COVID-Testing
For your convenience, we offer these links to other community health care providers and businesses that offer COVID-19 testing.