St. Joseph’s Hospital does not provide rapid testing for COVID

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital does not provide rapid testing for COVID-19. There are two types of PCR testing offered at St. Joseph’s. The free state testing does not require a physician’s order and you will receive your results in approximately three to five business days.

If you need results more quickly, a provider’s order is required. Patients needing testing are asked to go directly to the trailer and not enter the hospital. St. Joseph’s Hospital has also expanded its COVID testing hours. If you think you may have been exposed, testing is available at the drive-through trailer set up outside of the hospital. Testing is now available seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Care of West Virginia provides COVID-19 rapid tests for symptomatic patients or individuals that have been exposed following current CDC guidelines. All symptomatic patients will be required to see a healthcare provider to receive a test. If a person has been exposed, a test will be given based on vaccination status. Testing is limited. Hours and locations can be found at

St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Nurse Triage Line is also available for any questions you may have about COVID. The Nurse Triage Line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (304) 473-2161.

With the increase in the highly contagious Delta variant and the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer Vaccine earlier this week, we strongly urge to you to get your vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death. Vaccines are available through your primary care provider and at local pharmacies. Vaccinated people can also spread the virus to others so avoiding close contact with those who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, washing your hands with soap and water and wearing a mask indoors are additional steps you can take to help stop the spread of this highly contagious strain of COVID-19.