Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station will close at 8 p.m. and remain closed throughout the Memorial Day weekend, and will implement new operating hours beginning Tuesday.

The drive-through respiratory screening station will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday at its location in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th St. across from the Emergency Department.

Phelps Health in a release today said starting Tuesday, the drive-through station’s hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If the drive-through station is closed, Phelps Health said patients should go to the Emergency Department. 

The drive-through station will continue to serve patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions, including symptoms of COVID-19 during the new operating hours. 

Phelps Health said patients will continue to be diagnosed and treated directly from their vehicles. 

Also beginning Tuesday, the Phelps Health Medical Group will bill patients who use the drive-through station as a clinic visit instead of an Emergency Department visit. 

Laboratory services will continue to be billed by Phelps Health. 

As a reminder, Phelps Health said the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires all COVID-19 testing and related services to be entirely covered by government insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. 

Additionally, visits to doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, emergency rooms as well as telehealth visits must be covered by insurance companies as long as these visits relate to providing or administering a COVID-19 test or determining the need for such a test.

Providers and staff working at the respiratory screening station will continue to provide COVID-19 testing for patients who arrive at the screening station with an order from their primary care provider. Staff will still offer COVID-19 testing for patients who have signs and symptoms that meet the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recommended screening criteria.

Phelps Health also announced that patients at the drive-through station who have an order from their primary care provider would be eligible for antibody testing for COVID-19.