COVID-19 Testing Information

Q:Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
A: Patients can go to for a free testing kit and find a pick up and drop off location hear you.  You can also call your county public health department for other testing options. COVID-19 tests are available at most area pharmacies and other retail establishments. 

Patients requesting a COVID-19 test from Pella Regional can utilize a Walk-In Clinic location or be scheduled to see their provider. The provider will determine if a COVID-19 test will be provided. Patients or their insurance will be billed as usual for the visit and any testing. 

Q: How can I get a free home COVID-19 Test?
A: On Jan. 18 the federal government launched its website for Americans to request free rapid COVID-19 test kits be shipped to their homes.  According to the website every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. 

Q: I have no symptoms but need a COVID-19 test for reasons such as travel, return to work or return to school?
A: Pella Regional Health Center does not offer testing for patients who are not symptomatic, only for those under age 2. Resources include and

Q: My child is under 2 and has no symptoms but is needing a test to return to daycare?

Starting Friday, May 13, 2022 Pella Regional Health Center will offer COVID-19 tests at clinic locations in Pella, Knoxville, Ottumwa, and Prairie City for children under age 2 who have no symptoms but are needing a test to return to daycare. Home tests are not authorized by the FDA for children under age 2. Tests are $43.00 and payment will be accepted at the time of service. Children with symptoms will need to visit a provider in order to receive a test. Call 641-621-2200 to schedule a COVID-19 test for children under age 2.

Q: What types of test are used for COVID-19?
A: Pella Regional uses a nasal swab to test for COVID-19.

Q: I have been tested for COVID but my employer requires a copy of the test to return to work. How can I provide them this? 
A: Because of federal privacy laws, Pella Regional Health Center cannot directly disclose your test results to your employer without written permission. Patients have the following options to provide employers with test results: 1) The test result be mailed directly to your home address. You may then choose to disclose to whom you wish. 2) A written release of information document can be filled out and signed by the patient which authorizes to release directly to your employer. For either need, please contact our Medical Records office at 641-621-2658. Another option would be to schedule the cash only antigen test and wait for the results.

Q: I have a scheduled procedure at Pella Regional Health Center, will I need a COVID-19 test?
A: Yes, you will be scheduled for a test approximately 72 hours prior to the scheduled procedure. You will receive a specific time and instructions to come to the hospital lab.

Q: If my surgery is being done elsewhere and I have a Pella Regional provider, can I get a pre-op COVID test at Pella Regional?
A: Yes. You will need to coordinate with your primary care provider to put in an order and you will need to schedule an appointment for the test.