Updated January 5, 2022
Public health guidance for patients being tested for COVID-19
While many things have changed as a result of COVID-19, our commitment
to your health and safety has never wavered.
We urge you to get vaccinated, as the vaccines are highly effective at
reducing serious complications from COVID-19.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please
STAY HOME and contact your physician for further guidance.
MCMC Family Medicine:
MCMC Internal Medicine:
When your physician is unavailable, MCMC offers
Immediate Care, conveniently located on the first floor of Water’s Edge. Immediate
Care is a walk-in clinic for urgently needed care. No appointment needed.
If you are having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention at your
nearest Emergency Department.
MCMC Mask Policy
We are requiring anyone entering our facilities to wear a mask that covers
the nose and mouth. The universal masking policy applies to all MCMC staff,
patients and visitors, regardless of symptoms, and applies to the hospital
as well as all MCMC clinics.
Where to Get a COVID Test
COVID-19 testing at MCMC is not for travel or any events that require proof
of a negative test. Some employers may require their employees to get
tested regularly if they are not vaccinated. MCMC is unable to accommodate
those requests at this time.
Below is a list of local testing options. All tests are free to the public,
though some entities may bill your insurance if you have it:
Mid-Columbia Medical Center offers tests to current patients who have had an exposure or symptoms.
A doctor’s order is required. Testing is done at a drive-through
behind the Medical Office Building by the hospital. No pre-travel testing.
Wait time is 1-2 days. Patients without a healthcare provider can be seen at
MCMC Immediate Care at Water’s Edge.
The MCMC emergency room is not a designated outpatient COVID-19 testing site.
North Central Public Health District tests anyone who has had an exposure or has symptoms. (No pre- travel
testing.) Testing is done Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. Call
541-506-2600 to book.
One Community Health tests its current patients, as well as Tribal members, seasonal workers
and those without insurance or a health provider. Call
Walgreen’s schedules rapid testing (24-hour turnaround) and PCR testing (3-7 day
turnaround, useable for travel purposes) online at
www.walgreens.com or at the Walgreen’s app. The store in The Dalles is not doing rapid
tests currently due to lack of supplies. They also sell at-home tests
in the store, but they sell out quickly.
Safeway, Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, and Rite-Aid
do not offer testing. All except Safeway sell at-home tests but they often sell out quickly.
Fred Meyer gets shipments Mondays and Fridays and previously have sold
out the same day.
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For more information
In partnership with North Central Public Health District and the Oregon
Health Authority, 211 is the go-to public phone number to get general
info about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This service is available 7 days
a week, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155.