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Inland Builds New COVID-19 Testing Site for Winter Use

Date: 10/16/2020

With seasons changing quickly, Northern Light Inland Hospital is working to winterize how it delivers drive-up COVID-19 testing. Inland is currently building a drive-thru structure on its Waterville campus that will protect patients, staff, technology, and equipment from the elements. Patients will continue to remain inside their vehicles during swabbing in the new building. 

Leaders anticipate that the new site will open on November 4, 2020; it will serve the community seven days a week. When the new building is ready, Inland will discontinue routine COVID-19 car-side testing at its 246 Kennedy Memorial Drive practice and its Walk-In Care location at 174 Kennedy Memorial Drive. Walk-In Care will continue to see and assess symptomatic patients as they do now as part of their regular walk-in services.

“We have been working diligently to select the best site for a long-term testing solution and the site – a large parking area behind Inland Hospital by our trailhead -- made a lot of sense. It’s still centrally located for the greater Waterville area,” says Dan Booth, Vice President of Operations for Inland. “Along with a new location, the testing site is a more weather friendly, cost efficient, semi-permanent structure that can be repurposed in the future.”

Booth added that the building may be used as a site for drive-up COVID vaccines when they become available. 

“The response for COVID-19 has been an intense focus for many months now, and we cannot thank our staff and leaders enough for their dedication. We are proud to continue to meet the needs of the community for crucial COVID-19 testing and care during this unprecedented time,” said Terri Vieira, MHA, FACHE, president of Northern Light Inland Hospital and senior vice president, Northern Light Health. 

The new site is located behind Inland Hospital near the Inland Woods trailhead. There will be limited parking and expected vehicle traffic at the trailhead because of the project. Updates will be posted at the Inland trailhead and on Inland’s Facebook page. We encourage the community to access the city trails at the Rummels Field location whenever possible. 

To schedule a COVID-19 test, people should continue to call Northern Light Health’s Screening Hotline (844.489.1822) or contact their primary care provider. Those seeking a test under the state order should visit the Inland Hospital website COVID-19 testing page (https://northernlighthealth.org/Resources/COVID-19/Testing). All tests at the drive-thru site must be ordered before arrival. State testing is by appointment only. If no computer access, patients can call our Screening Hotline (844.489.1822) for assistance with scheduling.

If you do not have a primary care provider, please call Inland Hospital’s Provider Finder service at 1.800.914.1409 or email inlandproviderfinder@northernlight.org.