Informational phone line: (208) 265-3323
I need a COVID-19 test so I can go back to work. What do I need to do?
If you need a COVID-19 test (examples: returning to work, flying to Alaska, pre-surgery – outside of Bonner General), call your primary care provider. If you and your provider have determined you have no symptoms of COVID-19, your provder will send an order for testing to our Lab Department. Visit our lab during business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:00 pm for a COVID-19 test.
If you are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, visit our drive-thru COVID-19 testing site (outside of the Emergency Department) during testing hours. Current testing hours Monday-Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. *Hours are subject to change.
What if I do not have a Primary Care Provider?
If you do not have a Primary Care Provider and need to be tested or you have symptoms of COVID-19, call Panhandle Health District at (877) 415-5225. PHD can order a COVID-19 test if it is determined you need one.
How much does a COVID-19 test cost?
A COVID-19 test cost $150.00 + the below fee based on where you are tested:
- If you are asymptomatic (ex: if you need a test to return to work in Alaska) and go to the lab there is an additional $47.00 fee.
- If you have a provider’s order and are tested in our curbside Emergency Department drive-thru there is an additional $60.00 fee.
- If you come without a provider’s order there is an additional fee for the physician screening of $55.00, plus the drive-thru test fee.
*Most insurances pay for all of this without any out of pocket for the patient; however please check with your insurance company to confirm your coverage. If you do not have insurance, there is a government program that can be utilized to cover the services.
If you are uninsured and pre-pay, a discount is given.
I am experiencing symptoms, and it is after hours. What do I do?
Call our Emergency Department at (208) 265-1020 and report your symptoms. If it is recommended that you come in for a test, arrive at the Emergency Department, stay in your car, and call the above number. One of our staff members will come to you.
*Please note there will be an Emergency Department Clinic fee associated with your visit.
How do I get my COVID-19 test results?
- All COVID-19 test results will be available through the BGH Patient Portal.
- If you were seen in our Emergency Department and received a COVID-19 test, and you test positive, one of our staff members will call you.
- If you have an order from your provider and were tested during drive-through hours, your primary care provider will call with your results.
What should I do while I’m waiting for my results?
If you are awaiting test results for COVID-19, please, self-isolate, and avoid contact with anyone outside of your home, this is crucial to limiting the spread of COVID-19.
What if I am positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, Panhandle Health District will contact you to determine contact tracing. Please self-isolate and limit contact to anyone outside of your home.
How can I get an IgG Antibody test?
If you would like to be tested for the COVID-19 Antibody, SARS-CoV-2, call your primary care provider. Once an order is received, a blood draw will be taken at our laboratory services department. *Please note: upon entry to Bonner General Health, you will be asked a series of screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and required to wear a mask. We will provide one if you do not have one.
How much is an IgG Antibody test?
If you are uninsured and want a test, it is $80 + $20 for the lab draw. A discount is given to those who pre-pay.
Does my insurance cover the test?
Some insurances are covering Antibody testing. Medicare will pay for the antibody test with no charge to the patient; other insurance companies will pay some portion. Please contact your insurance company to find out if they will cover the test.