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COVID-19 Testing for First Responders

Premier Health, in collaboration with CompuNet Clinical Laboratories and Premier Health Urgent Care, is offering prioritized COVID-19 testing for first responders.

Who is eligible? 

Testing is available for the following groups:

  • EMS
  • Fire
  • Police and Law Enforcement

First responders who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever above 100.4 F
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea


A department ID is required (driver’s license not accepted ). Without a department ID, badges are accepted, but may require verification.

Collection and Testing Process

You must have a physician order for a COVID-19 test to be performed. This can typically be obtained either from your department's occupational health/employee health physician or from a primary care physician (PCP). 

In the event you do not have access to occupational health or a PCP, Premier Health offers the ability to schedule a virtual visit with a physician. This can be done by calling 855-Premier and a virtual visit with a physician will be set up within 24 hours to discuss exposure risk/symptoms and order a test, if appropriate. 

The collection site is located at the University of Dayton Arena parking lot. Collection site hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (subject to change - please check our website for details).

Those who visit the collection site will be screened for fever and other symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

Priority testing will be conducted according to the Governor's order and current ODH rules.

Specimens will be routed to the Premier Health/CompuNet in-house laboratory if possible, with an anticipated turnaround time of less than 24 hours. If, for any reason, the Priority 1 case volume has exhausted the capacity of available testing materials, the Priority 2 collections (first responders) will be routed to Quest laboratories for processing. 

Test results will be communicated via the ordering physician.


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