Reid Health offers virtual screenings through mobile app
Reid Health has made a free virtual COVID-19 screening tool available through its "Reid HealthNOW" urgent care app.
"This is an ideal tool for people who suspect exposure and/or have mild symptoms as a way to get medical attention without risking travel to a healthcare facility," Craig Kinyon, Reid Health president/CEO, said in a statement.
The app allows people to use a smartphone or computer to connect with a nurse. Reid began using the virtual urgent care option several years ago.
"This potentially eliminates the need for people to go to their doctor, an urgent care or an emergency room, or possibly get help determining if they need to seek care," Kinyon said, "thus also helping reduce spread of infection."
Because of high demand, wait times might be longer than normal.
To access and create an account:
Download the free app through Google Play or Apple's App Store or enroll on your computer through the reidhealthnow.org site.
- Create a free login and complete your personal profile
- Connect with the virtual hub, select "Coronavirus Screen" and find the appropriate pathway for care;
- Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app.
- If you connect through a computer, be sure to test your settings.
If the screening determines you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you'll be instructed what to do next.