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OCCHD, OU Medicine to host COVID-19 testing site at local high school

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Health officials say that residents in some areas of Oklahoma City will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at mobile testing sites.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department and OU Medicine will continue their joint effort providing mobile testing in zip codes that are experiencing high COVID-19 positivity rates in Oklahoma County.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, testing will be done at Western Heights High School, located at 8201 S.W. 44th St.

“We are eager to work with OCCHD to expand testing in Oklahoma City, specifically in those areas we know are the hardest hit,” said Erin Walker, assistant vice president of Operations at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine. “Testing is a great first step in reducing the spreadof this disease, so we encourage the community to participate.”

Health officials say testing is critical to identify the impact of the virus in the community.

“We’re excited to partner with OU Medicine to reach vulnerable populations and to make tests more availablewith Saturday scheduling,” said LT Knighten, public information officer for OCCHD. “We encourage individuals who are experiencing symptoms, or who think they’ve been in contact with a confirmed positive case, to be tested,” Knighten added. 

Testing will be available for the following people:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department.

In addition to the mobile testing, individuals needing a test in Oklahoma County can schedule a test through OCCHD’s Crush the Curve website at testokc.com. 

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WilCo Opens Coronavirus Testing Site In Georgetown

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — Williamson County health district officials on Wednesday announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing site in Georgetown.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is partnering with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the City of Georgetown to open the COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot north of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., starting Friday. The walk-up site will operate seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“With the potential for an increase in COVID-19 cases this fall, testing is an important way for residents to find out if they have the virus,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said in a prepared statement. “We really appreciate the Health District and the state for staffing this convenient, free testing site in Georgetown that will be available every day of the week.”

Registration is required before visiting the testing booth. Pre-registered participants will be given a test kit, asked to self-administer the oral fluid swab kit on-site, then return the kit to the testing booth staff. Test results are typically returned within 48 hours.

“We’re working closely with our partners to ensure the availability of testing as well as quick turnaround times for results,” Williamson County and Cities Health District Executive Director Derrick Neal said in a prepared statement. “We are determined to support safer, healthier communities by providing access to anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19.”

The testing is free for all ages and is open to anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus recently, or who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

To complete the required pre-registration visit the Curative COVID-19 Detection portal. For more information on COVID-19, visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention homepage.

This article originally appeared on the Cedar Park-Leander Patch

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New coronavirus testing site coming to Elkridge; additional locations announced at churches through October

A new coronavirus testing site in Elkridge will open later this month, Howard County announced this week.

Quality First Urgent Care is opening a drive-thru testing site at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive, according to a county news release.

The site will open Oct. 12 and will be operated from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“As part of the public safety team in Howard County, it is imperative that we support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” fire Chief William Anuszewski said in a statement. “The ability to assist with a feasible location for COVID-19 testing without impacting our ability to continue providing quality emergency service is a win-win for the community we serve.”

A doctor’s order will not be required at the site. Appointments can be made ahead of time, but they are not required.

“Opening a testing site in the northern part of the county allows more residents to conveniently obtain testing near them,” Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman said in a statement. “The more people who are tested and are aware of their COVID status, the more effective we can be at controlling the spread of the virus.”

The announcement comes a week after the closing of the COVID-19 testing site at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program location in Columbia. The VEIP site stopped serving as a testing site in order to allow the emissions location to resume regular operations, according to the county.

Howard County General Hospital also released additional community testing sites for the month of October:

8 a.m. to noon Saturday — First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6020 Ten Oaks Road, Clarksville

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 — Celebration Church, 7101 Riverwood Drive, Columbia

Advance registration is encouraged at bit.ly/j2bh-testing.

Other testing sites in Howard County include:

Howard County General Hospital (drive-thru, appointment/doctor’s order required), 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Savage Volunteer Fire Company, 8521 Corridor Road: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting Oct. 12

OUCH! Urgent Care, 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, Elkridge: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Righttime Medical Care Urgent Care, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday

First Call Urgent Care Center/Centennial Medical Group, 10981 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday

All Care Urgent Care (drive-thru, appointment required), 9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to

Pitt School Of Medicine Launches COVID-19 Therapy Testing Site

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Major news for COVID-19 patients fighting the virus.

On Wednesday, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said that it is operating one of the 25 nationwide sites that will test therapies aimed at treating early-stage COVID-19 cases.

This trial is part of the National Institutes of Health ACTIV initiative.

Pitt School of Medicine says it aims to develop a treatment that can prevent people with COVID-19 from progressing, which will later require them to go to the hospital.

They say the first drug being studied in the trial is an antibody treatment made by pharmaceutical company Lilly. Researchers say Lilly’s antibody was shown to help people with COVID-19.

According to the university, phase 2 of the trial is already underway. 110 participants will be recruited nationwide to receive an antibody. They’ll be compared to 110 participants who will receive a placebo. If the medication produces positive results, without significant safety concerns, it will advance to phase 3.

Researchers are looking for people to participate in the study. For more information to see if you qualify, click here.

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