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Avera Opens Second COVID-19 Collection Testing Site in Sioux Falls

Oct 18, 2020 07:16PM ● By MED Magazine

Avera has entered into a short-term lease for property at Minnesota Avenue and 23rd Street in Sioux Falls, a former Vern Eide location, to set up an additional COVID-19 drive-through collection testing site.

 This site will have larger capacity, allowing for six cars to drive through at one time. It will increase test collection capacity and alleviate pressure from other Avera testing sites.

The site had been recently purchased by Silverstar Car Wash. “When Silverstar heard of our need for additional test collection capacity, they were willing to put their plans on hold and work out a lease agreement with us,” said Dave Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. “We are grateful to Silverstar for their willingness and flexibility to allow us use of this facility for test collection.”

“We are proud to do our part to help Avera with their mission to slow the spread in our area. We had demolition crews in the building when Avera reached out to us, but once we heard of the use, we felt we had to make this work. Silverstar looks forward to construction starting next spring,” said co-owner Bryan Slama.

The collection site is expected to open in the next week. People who need COVID-19 testing must first contact their clinic by phone, go to, or call 1-877-AT-AVERA before showing up at a collection site in person.

Media are invited to take video and photographs of the site before patients are being seen at the site. We cannot allow videos/photographs during actual test collection in order to protect the privacy of our patients.