Fall River Health Services to receive Abbot Virus Detection machine

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Fall River Health Services will receive a crucial boost in testing for COVID-19.

The hospital will be one of the nine hospitals that will soon receive the Abbot Virus Detection Machine from the State of South Dakota. The machines are being distributed to provide quick testing for the coronavirus.

The machines are able to detect the virus in as little as five minutes, and due to its size, it can also help healthcare workers by saving valuable space according to South Dakota Secretary of Health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

“The machines are able to detect COVID-19 in as little as five minutes and due to its size, can be used “in more non-traditional places,” Malsam-Rysdon said. “Testing using the Abbott Machines will significantly expedite the process.”

April Olstad, the Lab Manager of Fall River Health Services is excited to receive the rapid coronavirus testing machine.

“We are excited to have been selected as a site to receive this device,” Olstad said. “Although we have not received the machine yet, we anticipate using this in the high-priority testing group to alleviate the 2-3 day turnaround for the results. The high-priority testing group continues to be as follows: 1) hospitalized patients with COVID-19
symptoms 2) Health care workers and first-responders who have been exposed or have COVID-19 symptoms, and 3) those living or working in an institutionalized setting (i.e. nursing home) who are either exposed or develop COVID-19 symptoms. Having the ability to receive same-day results will enhance our approach to treatment.”

Along with testing, Fall River Health Services has a strong and proactive process in place to keep COVID-19 out of it’s facility.

Even though the South Dakota Department of Health is expecting the peak of the virus to be in mid-June, its still important for everyone to social distance and stay home if/when possible.



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