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COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 testing for hospitalized patients and health care workers

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) laboratory is now able to test for Novel Coronavirus n2019-CoV, the virus which causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. However, DHMC is limited to testing only hospitalized patients within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system and healthcare workers, including first responders, who have direct contact with patients. Once fully operational, the turnaround time from test to results should provide results to patients within 24 hours or less. Read more about this testing.

There has been an increase in the number of patients who are being sent directly to the DHMC Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing by a number of providers in New Hampshire and Vermont.

If your patient needs testing

If you have a patient about whom there is concern for the possibility of COVID-19, who does not require emergency department evaluation, and has either contacted you by phone, or is in an ambulatory practice, please ask the patient to don a mask and go home to self- quarantine pending further decisions on COVID-19 testing. Do not direct them to DHMC Emergency Department.

If you are a Dartmouth-Hitchcock patient

You or your primary care provider should call the D-H COVID-19 Hotline at 603-650-1818.

If you are NOT a Dartmouth-Hitchcock patient

Call your primary care provider who will coordinate initial screening and, if appropriate, testing though the state. If you do not have a primary care provider, call your state health department. In New Hampshire, call the 2-1-1 state hotline; in Vermont, call 2-1-1 or 866-652-4636 toll free in Vermont, or 802-652-4636 from outside of Vermont.

If you are a Dartmouth-Hitchcock employee who may develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)

Call Occupational Medicine at 603-653-3850 for initial screening.