Colville Business Council Chair Rodney Cawston participates in the COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment in Nespelem, March 26.

NESPELEM – The Colville Tribal Incident Management Team and Indian Health Service Colville Service Unit The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation held a drive-thru COVID-19 Assessment and Screening event, March 26, in a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Colville Indian Reservation.

As a drive-thru, the event provided quicker and more efficient care to patients with the goal of alleviating anxiety and stress while also containing any potential spread of COVID-19 and other germs outside of the clinic. Patients were allowed to stay in their cars and medical providers attended them at multiple stations.

While the focus of the drive-thru was related to the response to COVID-19, the assessment also provided flu and strep testing for participants.

The collaboration began with identification of the location that could provide for the footprint to assess and screen through a driving pathway.  Structures for protection of staffed donned with PPE and for patient safety was paramount.  Tribal ICT provided weather proof directional signage.  There was also consideration for the need of internet connectivity to the CSU RPMS system.  

The Colville Service Unit will offer these on a weekly basis to the communitynext drive-thru assessment Thursday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The drive thru will be available every Thursday until further notice.

To ensure social distancing, participated are encouraged to have two passengers in each car.

The event was open to current IHS patients and it was conducted in coordination with the Colville Tribes.

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