Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 Ringgold County Hospital is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on the NORTH side of the building outside the ER Entrance Monday – Friday 8:00-9:00 am (except holidays).

Use the north drive and proceed straight towards the ER canopy. Please stay in your vehicle and follow the signs to drive through for testing.

Testing is available for anyone who has:

  1. had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 AND/OR
  2. has developed any new symptoms of COVID-19 in the last five days including:
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste and smell
    • Muscle aches
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Diarrhea
    • Trouble breathing
    • Cough
    • Fever of 100° F or higher or shaking/chills

You can download and complete consent and patient information forms prior to arrival:

Drive Thru COVID-19 Test Consent and Patient Information Form

If you would like to see a provider or are experiencing severe shortness of breath, go to the Emergency Entrance and call 641-464-4405. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I found out I was exposed to someone positive for Covid-19. What should I do?

Ringgold County Hospital encourages everyone that is contacted by Public Health to be evaluated or drive thru for testing Monday-Friday 8:00 – 9:00 am.  Use the north drive and proceed straight towards the Ringgold County Hospital ER canopy. Please stay in your vehicle and follow the signs to drive through for testing. You will receive a nasal swab test that will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab to be processed. Go home and self quarantine until you receive your results (typically results are received within 2-5 days).

I am experiencing possible symptoms of Covid-19. What should I do?

Ringgold County Hospital encourages everyone that is experiencing symptoms to contact their primary care provider to be evaluated or drive thru for testing Monday-Friday 8:00 – 9:00 am.  The provider may evaluate and treat upon their discretion or suggest you be tested. Go home and self quarantine until you receive your test results (typically results are received within 2-5 days).

What kind of test will I receive?

You will receive a nasal swab test that will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab to be processed. Ringgold County Hospital receives a very limited supply of Abbott ID Now Tests. Rapid testing is currently being limited to essential workers employed in Ringgold County healthcare facilities, EMS/law enforcement, and schools or daycare as availability allows. All situations are individual and should be assessed by your primary health care provider. Provider discretion may warrant testing outside of these parameters. 

I received a bill after being tested for COVID-19. I thought they were free?

Ringgold County Hospital does charge a minimal $55 nursing administration fee to cover associated costs, although the COVID-19 test itself is free. We are seeing a variety of cold and flu illnesses during this time, including COVID-19 cases. Providing the best plan of care may include evaluating our patients to better understand your symptoms. 

Someone else I know got their results back the same day, but my results still haven’t come back. When will I get my results?

Ringgold County Hospital understands how important receiving your results are to determine how long you stay home. If you received a typical nasal swab test, it will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab for results. Their results typically take 2-5 days, but wait time may increase due to a greater demand for testing. If you received an Abbott ID Rapid Test you will receive your results within 24 hours. Due to limited supplies, rapid tests are currently being reserved for Ringgold County essential workers including healthcare, EMS/law enforcement, school and daycare staff as availability allows.