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COVID-19 Testing What You Need to Know

Fairfield Medical Center’s Urgent Care is now located at 131 N. Ewing St.

In addition to FMC’s First Medical Urgent Care, there are many different community resources readily available to provide COVID-19 testing.

If you suspect that you may have COVID-19 or need a COVID-19 test, contact your healthcare provider for assistance.



Where to Find a Test

Fairfield Medical Center’s Emergency Departments (Main Campus and River Valley Campus) are unable to provide COVID-19 Rapid Tests to asymptomatic individuals for screening purposes. If you are not exhibiting signs of illness and need tested to meet return-to-work or return-to-school requirements, we recommend visiting your primary care provider, urgent care, or an alternative testing location.

The demand for COVID-19 testing fluctuates throughout the year, and each testing location has its own inventory controls and protocols for public to access to tests. When you find a testing location, we recommend calling in advance to ensure tests are available. If testing is not available for any reason, many partners can direct you to an alternate location.


Testing Before an Elective Procedure at Fairfield Medical Center

covid test photoA COVID-19 test no longer needs to be completed before your scheduled elective surgery/procedure unless indicated by symptoms or exposure. Please read the below information.

If it is determined you need a COVID-19 test prior to your procedure, there are a few different ways to approach the situation. These options include:

  • Completing a COVID-19 test at your provider’s office (if applicable)
  • Completing a COVID-19 test through First Medical Urgent Care
  • Completing a COVID-19 test at available locations in the area

If you opt to have your test completed at a non-Fairfield Medical Center testing facility, the record of your test is required to be sent to Fairfield Medical Center before your scheduled procedure. These results need to be faxed to 740-689-6799.

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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Testing Before Your Procedure

  • If you’re not symptomatic but have recently had a close exposure to someone with COVID-19, testing may be indicated on the day of your procedure. Our team will complete this pre-procedure screening once you arrive. This safety precaution remains in place because we know the virus can be spread several days before symptoms appear, as well as by those who never develop symptoms.

  • If COVID-19 activity is high, staying home may reduce your risk of exposure before undergoing your scheduled procedure. If you do not have the ability to isolate at home, please follow the social distancing recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health. Please attempt to avoid contact with others or leaving the home as much as possible prior to your elective surgery/procedure.

  • A COVID-19 screening test may be required if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

  • If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and unable to test before your procedure, your appointment may be postponed at the discretion of your healthcare team. This delay helps ensure you are well enough to undergo outpatient surgery or diagnostics and protects staff and guests from exposure.

    If you have had an exposure to COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms, your healthcare team will test you upon arrival as a precaution.

  • Your elective procedure/surgery may be postponed, and we recommend that you stay isolated. If you are in need of urgent or emergent services, we are here to safely provide the necessary care.

    Most people with COVID-19 do not require treatment in a hospital and are able to quarantine at home and recover from the virus.

    If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs (difficulty breathing, constant pain or pressure in your chest, new disorientation or inability to arouse, blue tint in lips or face), seek immediate medical attention.

    Some recommendations for caring at home for someone with COVID-19 include:

    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and clear liquids
    • Use over-the-counter medicines to treat fever and cough
    • Stay at home other than to receive medical care
    • Separate the person who is ill from others in the household
    • If you have to be around other people, wear a face mask if possible
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue – immediately throw the used tissue away and clean your hands
    • Clean your hands frequently by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaning with a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid sharing personal items, such as: dishes, cups, utensils, towels or bedding
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
    • Monitor symptoms and seek medical attention if your illness gets worse

    For more information on what to do if you or someone in your home is sick, visit the CDC website.

  • No, once positive, you do not have to be retested for 90 days. If you have a positive test, your surgery/procedure can be rescheduled at the discretion of your healthcare team.

  • Similar to other testing that is completed prior to your surgery/procedure to ensure your safety, your insurance will be billed for the COVID-19 screening test.