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COVID testing site planned Monday

LISBON

The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County’s Lisbon Health Center will become a testing site for COVID-19 on Monday.

As part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to expand Coronavirus testing access to portions of the Buckeye State, officials with CAACC’s Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers recently received word of hosting a pop-up,one-day testing center.

“We want to do our part in containing the spread of COVID-19, and we are excited to provide a testing site for those in the community that want tested,” said Jenna Wonner, COO of CAACC’s Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers.

To aid in the one-day test distribution, Ohio National Guard medics will be on hand.

Providers and staff from CAACC’s Health Centers will aid the National Guard in dispersing the tests in a drive-through-type event in which patients will be tested while in their vehicles.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Jody Wisbith of the CAA, there is no out-of-pocket cost for the person being tested.

Those wanting to receive testing may drive to near the CAACC’s Lisbon site and follow the COVID-19 signs and arrows to follow the drive-through route. Vehicles will enter the drive-through at the county fairgrounds lane off Saltwell Road beside the county Municipal Court building. Drivers will follow that lane single file and travel up past the CAACC’s Community Services and county Port Authority building and onto Lincole Place where medical providers and medics will assist each person with testing.

Those wanting to be tested must have photo identification and their insurance card.

The local pop-up testing site is part of Ohio’s effort to identify potential COVID-19 hotspots with more aggressive testing, according to officials.

Gov. DeWine previously noted the Ohio Minority Health Strike Force teamed up with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and National Guard to offer the testing. “The COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force has worked with local partners to create pop-up testing sites in communities where access to testing may be limited,” said DeWine. “By joining with the Ohio National Guard and other local partners, we can provide tests to any Ohioan who wants one. With a better understanding of COVID-19 through increased testing, we’ll be better able to prevent it’s spread.”

The CAA’s health centers began offering COVID-19 testing in the last few weeks. Those tests, and the ones to be administered during the one-day, drive-through test distribution, are the nasopharyngeal or nasal swab test, which consists of the insertion of a stick with a soft brush on the end up the nasal cavity and then twirled around for a few seconds. The brush collects a sample of secretions there for analysis.

“Everyone needs to be tested against COVID-19 regardless of the symptoms to see the impact of this pandemic in our community and to control the spread,” said Dr. Abhay Sharma, Medical Director of CAA’s Health Centers. “Join CAA, along with the National Guard, on June 29 and get tested.”

Sharma added the results come back in 36-48 hours.

Officials have stated the pop-up testing sites provide “a great opportunity to further expand testing access to our most vulnerable populations and follow-up care,” and also it’s “an opportunity to connect more Ohioans to a regular source of quality primary care moving forward.”

So far approximately 510,000 Ohioans have been tested.

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