SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health has launched a test for the COVID-19 virus using an FDA-approved method under Emergency Use Authorization, according to a news release.

The tests will be available at all Sanford clinics and medical centers. All tests will be processed at the Sanford laboratory in Sioux Falls.

Patients will receive results in 24-48 hours.

"Sanford estimates it will be able to process nearly 400 tests per day, with plans to double that capacity in the coming weeks," the release states.

"Previously, tests were sent to the state Department of Health or commercial laboratories. Sanford will continue to use these external labs as needed for any overflow testing."

Patients must meet high-risk criteria and have a physician order to be tested.

The criteria includes:

  • Active lower respiratory symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and headache
  • Contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, or
  • Recent travel to a Level 3 country as determined by the CDC.

Sanford is also offering e-visits for COVID-19 care in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. An e-visit is an online questionnaire about symptoms that patients complete from home. A Sanford provider will review and respond within four hours with a treatment plan or prescription, or instruction to be seen in-person for further evaluation or testing.

All test results will be sent to the state for reporting purposes. Patients with positive test results will be contacted with instructions on how to care for themselves at home, symptom management, and when to contact a health care provider if symptoms worsen.

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