LEWISTON—St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center have established a remote testing site for the COVID-19 virus outside the Lewiston Armory at 65 Central Street.
This site is not open to the public. Testing is available only to patients who have been referred by a provider, hospital officials said. Discussions to determine if these services could possibly expand in the future are ongoing, but for now, only those with a provider’s order will be seen.
“Our two hospitals are cooperating closely as we work to diminish the spread of this disease,” said Cindy Russo, interim president of CMMC, and Steve Jorgenson, president of St. Mary’s, in a statement. “A joint location for convenient and safe collection is so helpful as we monitor the impact of the virus in our community.”
COVID-19 testing at the armory location consists of a simple nasal swab. Dubbed “stop and swab,” the site has been set up as a drive-through station. Individuals will not need to exit their vehicles. No other evaluation or treatment will be done at the site.
The provider-ordered COVID-19 testing is conducted based on criteria provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, which include severe respiratory symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath, and a fever; close contact with confirmed cases; or travel overseas.