Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Mayo Clinic is now offering possible COVID-19 patients a new option to be tested - a drive-through sample collection process.

Other health care providers have also implemented the so-called drive-through option.

Patients who meet criteria for testing are directed to the Mayo Family Clinic Northwest (4111 US-52) near Target North.

Mayo Clinic staff collect the specimens, using appropriate precautions, and send them to the Minnesota Department of Health for analysis. This process reduces the need for other critically constrained resources.

Patients are required to have a phone screening first to determine if testing is appropriate. If approved, patients then will be directed to the drive-through location. There is no additional charge for the drive-through service.

Information courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Network.

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