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Douglas County holds second drive-through clinic for coronavirus testing

The pilot ran on Tuesday.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 6:13 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 5:59 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Public health officials in Douglas County conducted an expanded drive-through coronavirus testing clinic Friday.

This comes after their pilot testing clinic they held Tuesday, where they only tested 17 patients to see if the method works.

The second drive-through clinic was held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

RELATED: PILOT CORONAVIRUS DRIVE THROUGH TESTING CONDUCTED IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

All the patients were recommended by doctors after showing similar symptoms to COVID-19.

“It's unfortunate that we have to test at all or that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but it is a positive that we’re able to stand this up quickly," said Vanessa Becker with the Douglas Public Health Network. 

Organizers said they received more than 80 tests for the project. They tested 35 people Friday. They said they'll be using the rest of the tests for a possible clinic next week. 

They’ve partnered with a third-party testing lab called Quest, which normally charges $199 per test, and most insurances pay for the process. However, an order from Gov. Kate Brown means that patients who have been tested at the clinic and patients who will be tested won't have to pay for it.

Organizers said the patients should have their results back in two to four days.

They also said they’re working on getting more tests to hold more clinics in the future. They hope to keep hosting clinics until they feel like it’s not necessary anymore.

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