Since the beginning of COVID-19 monitoring on Fort Leonard Wood in early March, the Harper In-Processing Screening Clinic has been on the front line, providing screenings for all military and civilian personnel reporting to post from outside the area. Since April 4, drive-through screening and testing have been available, helping protect patients and staff members alike.
“We started the drive-through process to not only speed up the screening process, but also to mitigate the risk of infection to my 38 assigned personnel,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Soto, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the facility.
Drive-through screening and testing are available daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the facility, which is located in Bldg. 500 on Nebraska Avenue.
“With the drive-through option, people are able to remain in their vehicles,” explained Lt. Col. Summer Bryant, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s deputy commander for readiness. “This helps support social distancing and is most convenient for our customers. We have optimal staffing, so there has not been a wait at this drive-through location. To add to the convenience, if testing is needed, we have been able to run most labs at GLWACH with a 24- to 48-hour turnaround.”
In addition to new arrivals, anyone who suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19 or who may be exhibiting symptoms is urged to contact the clinic at 573.596.3663.
Soto said whether performed in the car or in person at the clinic, the screening process is simple and straightforward.
“Screening in the car or in the building is the same,” he said. “The person presents to Harper, and the screener will ask three questions. Based off the responses, they can either be quarantined and/or isolated or returned to duty.”
“People who exhibit any symptoms, such as unusual shortness of breath, a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, runny nose and dry cough; if you’ve traveled outside the 60-mile radius, been to a place of sustained transmission within the last 14 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive should most definitely come and get screened,” Soto added.