Coronavirus: Clark County continues quest to test more residents in hot ZIP code

Results will be available within a week for residents who were tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up clinic Tuesday night put on by the Ohio Department of Health in Springfield.

Roughly hundreds were tested for free via the drive-thru clinic at Rocking Horse Community Health Center at 651 S. Limestone St. in Springfield. At one point during the two-hour clinic, a line wrapped around the building.

Those tested will be notified of their results within the next two to seven days, according to Rocking Horse’s website.

The clinic was the first pop-up clinic conducted by ODH in Clark County since the pandemic began in March.

The Springfield News-Sun reached out to ODH about the clinic and was told to refer all questions to Rocking Horse. Rocking Horse officials did not return requests for comment Wednesday.

The county’s next free pop-up testing clinic already is in the works, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said last week the district reached out to ODH about setting up a pop-up clinic in the middle of September.

Patterson said the district requested a pop-up clinic somewhere within the 45505 ZIP code because that area of the county has the highest percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in the county.

According to data from the CCCHD, as of Friday, nearly 23% of all total cases in the county came from residents within that ZIP code.

Rocking Horse is located within the 45505 ZIP code and has been making free testing available to anyone since early June.

Clark County health officials are seeking testing beyond what Rocking Horse is offering and beyond the testing the state offered Tuesday.

Kyle Trout, a spokesman for the CCCHD, said the district was not involved in Tuesday’s testing event and is still in “the planning stages” of coordinating another pop-up site in September.

“Hopefully the (National Guard) will be able to assist with that,” Trout said.

In July, the district and the City of Springfield partnered together to hold three free testing clinics throughout the county. More than 2,000 people, over half of whom were Clark County residents, received a test.

Of the 2,278 people tested at the events, 2.7% tested positive for COVID-19, according to CCCHD data.

Clark County had 1,449 cases, 28 deaths and two probable deaths of the coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Ohio reported 125,767 total cases and 4,176 total deaths of the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to ODH. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the state reported 1,157 new cases and 11 new deaths.

Facts & Figures:

1: Total free pop-up testing clinics the Ohio Department of Health has held in Clark County

1,449: Total COVID-19 cases in Clark County

30: Total COVID-19 deaths in Clark County

Source: Ohio Department of Health

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