The Colville Tribal Incident Management Team, Colville Business Council and Colville Service Unit of Indian Health Service have established a drive-thru COVID-19 Assessment at the Nespelem Agency IHS clinic in a continued effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 onto the Colville Indian Reservation. 

The drive-thru clinic will be open Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm, and it is open to active Indian Health Service patients.

Important: Not all persons will be screened, and that is determined at the Assessment Stage.

What to expect?

If you have not been to the Nespelem Agency Campus this week, you will see a few changes. 

Two temporary structures, a metal dome and a yurt, have been set up across the street from the Clinic. 

Signage has been set up to direct traffic to either the pharmacy pickup or to the COVID-19 Assessment.  The Assessment will include two review stations, and patients are asked to keep a limit of two persons per car.  All assessment and screening is done with the patient remaining in their cars.  

Assessment in the dome

Once in the drive-thru area, which is marked off by cones, patients will wait in their vehicles in a staging until they are called. At that time, patients will drive to the metal dome for an initial assessment.

  • The initial station will check with the patient. 
  • Determination to proceed to screening area

Screening adjacent to the clinic 

  • If screening is determined to be in order the medical provider will review and determine what testing should be done. 
    • Flu is still active and some patients may need this 
    • Strep is also possible
    • COVID -19 

It is important to note that COVID-19, strep throat and influenza share many of the same symptoms, and the drive-thru assessment keeps this in mind. The Medical Officer will evaluate the patients and determine what tests are needed. Those patients, tested for flu or strep will be asked to wait while the tests are run.  If medications are needed they will be delivered to them in their cars. 

Patients screened for the COVID-19 test will be determined by the Medical Officer, this test is sent to an outside lab.  Patients will be contacted by the clinic of their result.

Informational CDC handouts will be provided to all persons presenting for Assessment.

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