Testing for Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms
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 patients with COVID-19 symptoms, as confirmed through myChart self-triage, nurse triage by phone at 208-381-9500, or clinical evaluation.
- 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.
COVID-19 tests will be provided to anyone who meets this 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.
COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic Patients
Asymptomatic patients (not exhibiting symptoms) are currently 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.
Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is also available, as follows:
- Nasopharyngeal swab testing will be available for those with known exposures. We continue to recommend isolation after potential exposure, social distancing, masking, hand hygiene, and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
- Asymptomatic specimen collection will be available for those needing pre-travel testing.
Asymptomatic testing appointments are available 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. Asymptomatic testing results will be sent via myChart.
Symptomatic and asymptomatic testing are offered at a variety of location across the St. Luke's footprint. Please check myChart for appointment availability or call 208-381-9500.
Please visit an emergency department if you need treatment for severe symptoms.
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.