MAHASKA COUNTY — Effective March 25, Mahaska Health has begun in-car screenings for all patients entering the facility.

According to a news release, the procedure is being put into place for the continued safety of patients, staff and the community.

All patients coming to Mahaska Health for any reason will need to pass through an in-car screening on the south side of Mahaska Health campus prior to entering the building. All patients with scheduled appointments should plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early.

The release emphasized that a screening is not a test. Rather, it is a brief health survey and temperature reading. These screenings are not intended to diagnose or treat any illness, and a screening does not constitute a COVID-19 test.

Once the screening has been completed, staff will direct patients on where to go next.

In case of an emergency, people are urged to call 911. Any patients arriving at the hospital with an emergency can notify staff by honking their car horn and/or flashing their headlights.

Information about COVID-19 can be found at www.mahaskahealth.org as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control websites.

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