Free COVID testing clinic comes to Kalona Tuesday

A free COVID-19 mobile testing clinic is coming to Kalona next week.

Mercy Iowa City is partnering with Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa and local public health departments to host free COVID-19 testing at the Mercy Iowa City Family Medicine clinic in Kalona on Tuesday.

Providers at the Mercy Iowa City Family Medicine clinic in Kalona said that the mobile clinic will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and having these resources are invaluable and stress the importance of having quality health care resources in more rural areas.

“These mobile clinics allow us to meet and treat these patients in a convenient and effective way,” said Rebecca Keuhn, certified physician assistant at Mercy Family Medicine Kalona. “This serves as an opportunity for us to meet our more rural neighbors where they are at in an effort to potentially slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The mobile clinic will be set up outside the Kalona facility from 3-5 p.m.

Masks will be required, and patients must show a valid ID.

To qualify for a free test, a person must have either one “high risk” symptom, two or more “low risk” symptoms or a recommendation from a health care provider.

High risk symptoms include: New cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing and new loss of taste or smell.

Low risk symptoms include: Fever, headache, muscle/body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who works in close association with many others.

People are encouraged to call Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa at 319-530-6002 for more information.