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Free COVID testing slated for Saturday

ELKINS — Community COVID-19 testing will be offered Saturday at locations in Elkins and Mill Creek. The tests are free to the public and will not be subject to pre-screening guidelines.

Elkins-Randolph County Health Department Director of Threat Preparedness Bonnie Woodrum said the testing will help state officials determine the amount of community coronavirus spread in the county, a Thursday press release stated.

Testing at both locations will be available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or while supplies last.

In Elkins, the public may visit the Davis Medical Center (DMC) COVID Testing Drive-Thru Site located on the campus of DMC. Valley HealthCare will provide testing at its site in Mill Creek, located at 6 Town Center Plaza, Suite A.

At the sites, medical staff will administer the test while motorists remain in their cars. The screening involves a quick nasal swab, which will be sent to a state-designated laboratory for processing. Testing will be by request, which means no criteria will have to be met, and no age restrictions apply.

Woodrum is coordinating the testing event with assistance from local groups, including Davis Medical Center, the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, Randolph County Sherriff’s Department, Valley HealthCare, and the Randolph County Emergency Squad.

The West Virginia Army National Guard is providing 500 test kits for each site, required forms, PPE and coolers, and will pick up and deliver specimens.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department will provide support by law enforcement.

“Because our county has had a rapid increase in positive cases, including ones resulting from community spread, we need a better understanding of the magnitude. This testing event will provide a good sampling from which to draw valuable data,” Woodrum said.

Residents should continue to practice coronavirus safety measures including hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing face coverings while in public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Education (CDC), these practices can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Questions about Saturday’s community testing should be directed to the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department at 304-636-0396.

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