Newsroom Alternative triage and treatment area at Cox Barton County ER Posted by Janell Patton on April 6, 2020 The Cox Barton County Emergency Department has erected an alternate triage and treatment site for ambulatory patients who come to the ER with COVID-19 and other respiratory symptoms.The new area is in a large white and red tent now in place along the drive-up area in front of the ER. The unit will be for the care of patients with mild symptoms. Patients are asked to enter the main entrance of the hospital, take a left, then follow the orange arrows to the stop sign/checkpoint. After an evaluation, parking instructions will be provided, and transport will be available for those who need assistance. Upon completion of the visit, patients will exit the hospital to the north.CoxHealth asks that patients in southwest Missouri utilize its Virtual Visits as a first line of defense, and they can be evaluated for free with code COVID. If a provider feels someone needs a test based on symptoms, history and risk, they can refer that individual to have that done at a mobile testing unit.