FAST TURN-AROUND

COVID-19 PCR TESTING

for Chamber Shareholders and Investors

BENEFITS OF THIS TYPE OF TESTING

Knowing results faster empowers you to make the best decisions to protect your employees, their loved ones and the greater community

Fast results mean your workers are back on the job quicker, resulting in less loss of productivity

For some companies, direct payment per person can potentially save on insurance costs, especially for self- insured plans

Simple bills directly from the lab

Ordering a test on just a few individuals or for large groups is fast and easy

Mid-nare collection means less discomfort for workers.

Local collection four days a week by trusted providers

If your group is large enough, test collectors come to your business

The Chamber of Catawba County has established a fast turn-around COVID-19 PCR testing partnership with Catawba Valley Health System, Frye Regional Medical Center and Mako Medical Laboratories that allows you to receive test results within 48 hours at a discounted rate of $100 per test.

Refer your employees to one of our two testing locations

Have your own in-house nurse collect tests and process them through this partnership

Host a testing day on-site at your company (minimum 30 employees)

STEP ONE

To begin, help us understand your business needs and how
to best serve you by submitting an interest form. You will be asked to enter information on your business, such as main point of contact and accounts payable contact.

You will also have the opportunity to utilize other corporate wellness offerings provided by our local hospital partners.

STEP TWO

Once you have submitted this form, the Chamber will direct you to the appropriate partner who will work with you directly to serve your needs.

If you indicate you are in need of COVID-19 testing, Mako Medical Laboratories will contact you directly to complete your registration. Mako Medical Laboratories will provide you with an account number for direct billing, login credentials to your unique user portal and additional training resources on how to begin referring employees to be tested and how to access test results.

Please note: The registration process will take an average of 2 business days, therefore, if you anticipate there being demand for employee testing at any time in the future, we encourage you to go ahead and complete this registration, by submitting an interest form above, so you are ready to utilize it immediately when the need arises. There is no cost or obligation in setting up an employer account with Mako Medical Laboratories.

When you should test

  • If an individual has symptoms (list of symptoms)
  • If individuals are close contacts to a known positive case: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • If you wish to screen a group of employees

If you are unsure of whether an individual should be tested, call the Catawba County Public Health Information Line at 828.465.9595.

About the results

Test results only reflect a point in time. A negative result means that someone is negative at that time. Depending on where an individual might be in their 14-day incubation period, they could have a negative test and develop symptoms of the infection days later.

Have your employee sign a release form stating that your HR department or other designated person will have access to their results.

Other ways to keep your employees healthy

Consider providing the flu shot for your employees. Both Frye Regional Medical Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center offer flu shots for businesses. Contact Lindsay Keisler, Chamber President/CEO, at lkeisler@catawbachamber.org to learn more and set up vaccinations with one of our hospital partners.

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