COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Starts In Rockbridge

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Starts In Rockbridge

MEMBERS of the Virginia National Guard conduct COVID-19 tests for the Virginia Department of Health Monday in Raphine. (Mary Woodson photo)

The Virginia Department of Health, in conjunction with Rockbridge County fire and rescue and the Virginia National Guard, conducted its first drive-thru COVID-19 testing event in the Rockbridge area on Monday.

All 100 tests brought to the field across from the Raphine firehouse Monday were used, said Nathan Ramsey, Rockbridge County fire and rescue chief. He said results from those tests should be available in 72 hours, in other words, sometime on Thursday.

The VDH and National Guard are planning to do four more drivethru testing events in the Rockbridge area, according to the Central Shenandoah Health Director Laura Kornegay.

Ramsey said testing events are being planned in Lexington, Buena

Vista, Goshen and the Natural Bridge area, and that the Lexington event could take place as early as next week. The details were still in the works as of Tuesday. Local emergency services officials are assisting with the clinics.

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At these mobile testing events, anyone can get tested, regardless of symptoms. No insurance or appointment is needed, and the testing is free, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The VDH and the National Guard requests that, when people come to get tested, they wear masks, maintain social distancing, and alert health care workers of possible COVID-19 symptoms.

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“This [the testing] will give us a good status on where we are within our county,” Ramsey said, “and that will aid the process of reopening.”

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He explained that the mobile testing events are helping to carry out the governor’s oft-repeated goal of testing 10,000 people per day.

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The testing is “drive-thru,” so cars move between different marked points to complete the process. The first stop involves paperwork. After that’s filled out, drivers can roll to the drop-off point, and soon afterward drive toward the testing, which consists of a nasal swab.

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The shortage of tests in Virginia has abated.

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“In general, testing — in all its forms — continues to increase across Virginia, determined by testing capacity and need,” Kornegay confirmed.

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“There’s no shortage of tests,” Ramsey agreed. “It’s just the personnel to be able to perform the tests, and then the personnel to do the contact tracing. It’s a manpower intensive process that they go through.”

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it will deliver $213,081,522 in funding to Virginia to support testing for COVID-19. A total of $10.25 billion is being provided for testing to states, territories and local jurisdictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The number of cases in the Rockbridge area has risen again over the past week As of Tuesday, May 19, there were 13 cases in Rockbridge County, six in Lexington, and 11 in Buena Vista, for a total of 30. This time last week, the total stood at 22. There have still been no deaths or hospitalizations.

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