COVID-19 Testing Criteria

On April 22, HMH announced expanded COVID-19 Testing at three outpatient locations across the region; however, testing is for patients who have symptoms and meet the designated Tier 1 and Tier 2 criteria at this time.

On the same day, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced two testing sites in Louisville and Lexington that offer more robust COVID-19 testing for both symptomatic and non-symptomatic patients. Those interested in testing are able to go online and sign up for an appointment to be tested. Unfortunately, this wide-range testing does not apply to the HMH locations at this time.

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or have concerns, please contact the HMH Patient Symptom Hotline at (270) 979-7777 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Hotline nurses will screen patients. Those patients meeting criteria identified by the Kentucky Department of Public Health will be scheduled an appointment at one of the three HMH Medical Group testing locations in Elizabethtown, Meade County or Nelson County. On the weekends, hotline nurses will screen them, obtain patient’s name/number/information and will contact them the following Monday with an appointment time.

*For all three HMH testing locations, an appointment is required.

Tier 1 Testing

  • If Healthcare Worker, Proof of Healthcare Employment Required
    • Symptomatic health care workers and first responders (including emergency medical and ambulance services, fire service and law enforcement).
    • Healthcare workers including anyone who has worked or volunteered in the last two weeks in a hospital, emergency room, clinic, medical office, long-term care facility, assisted living or nursing home, or any other health care setting or taken care of patients as a student or part of your work.
  • > 60 years of age who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Currently living or working in a congregate care setting (e.g. independent or assisted living center)

Tier 2 Testing

  • Persons who are symptomatic who do not meet Tier 1 criteria but have any of the following pre-existing medical conditions:
    • Smoke, have asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD or emphysema or use home oxygen
    • Very overweight (BMI ≥ 40; clothing size XXL or larger)
    • Diabetes
    • Severe heart disease, or heart failure including coronary disease like heart stents or blockages
    • Liver cirrhosis or liver disease
    • On hemodialysis
    • On chemotherapy or chemo
    • Have an organ transplant or bone marrow transplant
    • Have sickle cell disease, HIV or AIDS
    • Take regular steroid pills like prednisone or decadron or other immunosuppressive medications
    • Are pregnant, or were pregnant in the last two weeks