Bryan Health workers collect test samples at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Bryan LifePointe on July 15.
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Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the coronavirus?
Drive-thru testing is offered through Test Nebraska at locations across the state, as well as Bryan Health and CHI Health in Lincoln.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking or muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste of smell.
Free online risk assessments are available through
and TestNebraska.com . BryanHealth.com
If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and can schedule an appointment.
As of April 8, Test Nebraska was operating out of the former Sears location at Gateway Mall in Lincoln.
Tests can also be conducted through CHI Health Priority Care locations and Bryan Urgent Care clinics.
Those without online access can contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8006 to arrange a test.
Photos: Bryan staff who care for COVID-19 patients
Staff use personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 unit at Bryan Health.
Bryan has made counseling services available to its employees who work in the units hit hardest by the pandemic and has offered to rotate staff who need a week respite on another floor. "That gives them just enough of a break to come back and say 'I can do this for another four weeks,'" said Candy Locke, the nurse manager.
The people who work in the COVID-19 ICU that currently takes up a large part of the sixth floor at Bryan East Campus say they are worn out. "When the nurses are having nightmares at night and they're telling you about it, it's rough," said Leah Harrington, an assistant nurse manager.
A staff member in personal protective equipment tends to a patient in the COVID-19 unit at Bryan Health. COURTESY PHOTO
For months, doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists have worked to help COVID-19 patients on 6N, the ICU unit at Bryan East Campus. In many cases, patients who are breathing on their own see their conditions quickly worsen. "It's hard to go home and not think about that, to just kind of de-plug from work, because these patients are so scared, and we're trying everything," nurse Kelsey Hoppe said.
Staff talk outside a patient's room on 6N, the ICU unit for COVID-19 patients at Bryan East Campus.