A personal anectdote from Tom Grazioli, the IT Manager.
I needed to get a Covid test because I went somewhere that experienced an outbreak. I tried calling the hospital and was
not successful in speaking to anyone about what was necessary, or how to do it. A coworker said she was told by someone
in the know that it was better to just show up, and how that worked well for her. OK, down to the Emergency Room I went.
I was met at the ER by a courteous and knowledgeable security guard. He gave me a form to fill out. It was short and only
took a few moments. Then I was directed to sit in a heated tent to wait. There were 3 or 4 people inside another tent
that I believe were just waiting on their results, and one woman in the waiting area with me. It was about 15 minutes
before I was called in. Some basic questions were asked and my blood pressure was taken. Then the nurse did a nasal swab.
It wasn't as bad as I imagined. She swabbed the back of the front chamber of both nostrils. She did not jam the stick all
the way back to my brain like I've heard others say. It was fast and painless. Then I waited. About 45 minutes later I received my results. The nurse gave me a certificate so I could have proof that I was tested, and negative for the virus.
I gave a copy of that form to HR to have on file. My coworkers were all relieved. Important! Before you get your test, make sure it's covered by your health insurance plan. Ask the people where you get the test before they take the first step. I wasn't asked anything about insurance, and simply thought it was covered by some government grant, or they pulled my insurance information from my SS# or a information they had on file from a previous visit. I was wrong and received a really, really large bill in the mail.
Update: I called the hospital billing office. They said they submitted the bill to PEBA and it was denied. I called PEBA and they said they had just received the claim and paid it in full. I got all the info from PEBA and now have to call the billing department at the hospital again.