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Geneva County Health Department offers drive-through COVID-19 testing Nov. 19

Free testing will be available at Malvern Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 5:21 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The numbers of cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. With more testing available, Wiregrass Health Departments are shifting the focus of their drive-thru clinics.

More testing discovers more cases, with a possibility of moving areas at higher risk of the virus on the Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

“Because we are looking for those sick individuals, we do normally see a higher positive rate,” Corey Kirkland, District Administrator for Southeastern Public Health District, said. “The state average is around 8 or 9 and we may see 12 or 15.”

The demand for drive through testing has gone down in the southeastern counties due to testing becoming available elsewhere. Now Wiregrass Health Departments are changing the focus of their drive-thru testing.

“We wanted to make sure we are moving around to the smaller communities and giving everyone a chance to be tested if they need it,” Kirkland said.

Tomorrow, Nov. 19, you will have the opportunity to get tested at Malvern Baptist Church in East Geneva County from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Appointments are not required, free testing is available to anyone who meets the testing criteria. These testing sites do not offer back to school or work testing options.

A spike in COVID-19 cases after holidays this year have not been uncommon. Health officials are concerned about the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

Kirkland said unfortunately it is inevitable to see an increase in cases after Thanksgiving.

“If you’re sick, don’t go to a gathering, and don’t host a gathering,” Kirkland said. “Whether you know if it’s confirmed to be covid or the flu, just don’t take the chance.”

Outdoor gatherings are encouraged.

“Still remember your handwashing,” Kirkland said. “Try to take sanitizer with you, if you’re hosting and you can have some on the tables that would be good, but also arrange chairs and things so people can keep that distance between them.”

However, if it is held inside, Kirkland advises for hosts to consider the size of gathering.

He emphasized that everyone should continue wearing masks, washing hands and practice social distancing.

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