BMHD receives Rapid COVID-19 Testing Machine

(Press release from Blue Mountain Hospital District)

JOHN DAY – The Oregon Health Authority has distributed 15 machines to mostly rural areas with limited access to testing.  Governor Brown has stated the ability for counties to have rapid testing capability is a key element to reopen and ensure they can stay open by being able to quickly identify, treat, and isolate new cases of COVID-19.

  • The Oregon Health Authority has distributed the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, which is a rapid, molecular point-of-care test that can return a positive or negative test result in roughly 15 minutes.  
  • The ID NOW significantly improves the capacity for testing in communities by allowing access to local testing and avoiding the need to ship specimens to distant labs for processing. 
  • In addition to the in-house ID NOW test, the relationship between St. Charles Medical Center and Oregon State Public Health labs continue as viable options for testing facilities.  
  • The decision for which testing option is most appropriate to use for individual patients will be based on the clinical need after evaluation by a provider.  

Blue Mountain Hospital District would like to thank the Grant County Health Department in helping us secure the testing equipment and necessary supplies.  Access to quick testing and turn-around-times are important to patient care, as well as, the Governor’s plan for reopening communities.