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New Equipment at Community Health Center Can Test for COVID, RSV and Flu with One Test

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge is now offering PCR testing with the addition of a Cepheid machine. PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. It’s a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. PCR testing will be used for children under the age of 5 and for the most severe patients, those who are ill appearing or experiencing shortness of breath. The Cepheid machine gives results for COVID-19, RSV, Influenza A and Influenza B with one nasopharyngeal swab. Results are available in under 40 minutes. The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge does not offer COVID testing for travel clearance.


In addition to the PCR testing the health center will continue to provide rapid testing with results in less than 20 minutes. Their rapid testing provides 96.7% accuracy and is billed to insurance. Appointments can be self-scheduled online at Staff will determine the type of test used for each patient. Testing takes place in your vehicle at the health center located at 126 N 10th Street in Fort Dodge.

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