By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — The Kanza Health Center, located at 3151 E. River Road, Newkirk, has temporarily closed to the public due to recent COVID-19 spikes. The center reopens Monday, Nov. 30, but that doesn’t mean patients won’t receive treatment, as they are able to call the clinic for assistance if they experience illness symptoms.
Those who are experiencing symptoms can call the facility at (580) 362-1039 for aid.
“From there, we do a tele-triage, and send them where they need to go,” said business office manager Sarah Goodno. “The nurse will take the phone call, and discuss options of treatment.”
The clinic is working to make sure the patients receive their needed medication.
“We’re partnering with an outside pharmacy to make sure they get the medication they need,” she said.
Those calling in to the clinic must already be registered patients to receive treatment.
The clinic is also holding a COVID-19 drive-thru test event at the Kanza Wellness Center, 3201 E. River Road, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. the event is free to anyone in the community aged 18 and older, and will be administered while patients remain in their vehicles. Patients receive results in five days.
“If it is a positive test, we suggest they quarantine and wait for a call from the Kay County Health Department,” Goodno said. “We will give their information to the KCHD. We also suggest they call their primary care giver.”
For more information, contact the clinic at (580) 362-1039.