June 23, 2020 — Beginning on Saturday, June 27, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) will host three separate free testing options for people who want to be tested for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
The first opportunity for testing will be this Saturday, June 27, in Mapleton from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LCPH will conduct testing at Mapleton Food Share, 10718 Highway 126 and testing is open to public.
The second free testing for community members is also on June 27 and is reserved for people in the Latinx community. It will run from 2 to 4 p.m. at Florence First Baptist Church, 1935 25th St. The test is for Latinx people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Bi-lingual staff will be available.
According to LCPH, “La prueba es para personas latinas con o sin síntomas de COVID-19. Es totalmente gratis pero si tiene seguro médico, lleve su tarjeta. Todos son bienvenidos a tomar la prueba, sin importar su estatus migratorio. Las primeras 50 personas recibirán un pequeño obsequio. Tendremos un intérprete de lengua Mam.”
Everyone is welcome to take the test no matter their immigration status.
The third COVID-19 testing opportunity will be next Wednesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florence Food Share, 2190 Spruce St. This test is open to public.
All tests are offered free from LCPH, which is partnering with Head Start of Lane County. It is not required, but people can bring their health insurance card. Most test results will become available after 48 hours.
On fliers for the three Siuslaw events, LCPH offers the following information:
Why is it important to test for Covid-19?
Testing will help understand what COVID-19 looks like in our community and help prevent further outbreaks.
COVID-19 symptoms can look different for different people. Some people may not have symptoms at all. The only way to know for certain is to do a test.
COVID-19 spreads between people in close contact. One way to help protect yourself and those around you is to test to know if you have the virus.
“Regardless of the test results, continue to practice good hand washing and social distancing,” the flier concludes.
This is echoed by Siuslaw Vision Coordinator Stephanie Sarles, who reminds the community, “Don’t wait if you have symptoms — please contact your doctor or PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center at 541-997-8412.”
In a release from Tuesday at 1 p.m., LCPH stated this testing is a way that it can “better understand how COVID-19 is moving through rural communities and provide a low-barrier testing option.”
Testing will be open to all community members, but priority will be given to individuals in high-risk groups, first responders, individuals who have not been able to maintain physical distancing throughout the outbreak (having had to work, etc.), and individuals who are symptomatic.
All test results and personal medical information is confidential and will not be shared. If an individual tests positive, they will be contacted by LCPH with the contact information they share.
Additional information is available through www.lanecountyor.gov or by calling LCPH Communicable Disease at 541-682-4041.
For Spanish speakers wanting more information on COVID-19, visit www.lanecountyor.gov/sobreCOVID-19.