“We want to try to get the situation that is happening out there under control and one of the best ways to do that is to find out who is positive and make sure that we isolate them and that they are getting better before they go back to class, or work, or back into the community,” Patterson said.
On Oct. 7, Northeastern moved Kenton Ridge to students to remote learning following the outbreak. Virtual learning is scheduled to run through Friday, Oct. 16. Northridge Middle and Elementary School made the switch on Monday and will continue with virtual learning until Friday, Oct. 23.
However, both those back-to-the-classroom dates could change depending on case numbers and recommendations from the health district, Patterson said.
Amber Scurlock has two children in the Northeastern district, one attends Northridge Elementary and the other attends Northeastern High School. Scurlock said while her family has no plans to attend she thinks the pop-up clinic is a “great option for those in the community that may need it.”
“I feel that the district is doing their best to make sure all is taken care of according to state recommendations,” Scurlock said.
The Springfield News-Sun reached out to Northeastern Local School District multiple times for comment on the testing event and the status of the outbreak and did not receive a response.
In addition to the outbreak at the two schools, Patterson said the other reason the health district requested testing from the state is because of an increase in cases in the broader Moorefield Twp. community.
“Moorefield Twp. cases are continuing to rise over the past couple of weeks and the last couple of months and we are trying to get that situation under control,” Patterson said.
According to data from the CCCHD, as of Friday, Moorefield Twp. had 191 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, making up 9.2% of all cases in Clark County.
That’s the second-highest case percentage location in the county, behind only the city of Springfield which had 1,156 total confirmed cases and 55.6% of all cases in the county as of Friday.
Patterson said the health district hopes that by holding the pop-up testing event at Kenton Ridge, it will draw more Moorefield Twp. residents.
“Of course we won’t turn anyone away, anyone from our community is welcome to go up and get that test. But the primary focus is for Moorefield Twp," Patterson said.
Another free pop-up testing event will also take place this weekend, Patterson said, at North Hampton Community Church located at 110 Community Dr. in Springfield. The drive-thru event will take place from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Nurse’s Heart, a medical transportation and paramedics association based out of Columbus.
Clark County had 2,197 cases, 56 deaths and four probable deaths of the coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, according to ODH.
Ohio beat its daily record of coronavirus cases for the second time in a week, reporting 2,039 cases on Wednesday — that’s the first time since the pandemic began in March that the state has reported more than 2,000 cases in 24 hours.
On Friday, Ohio beat the record set in July with 1,840 cases.
The state reported 173,665 total cases and 5,033 total deaths of the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to ODH.
Upcoming free COVID-19 pop-up testing events:
1 - 5 p.m. Friday
Kenton Ridge High School
4444 Middle Urbana Rd. in Springfield
9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday
North Hampton Community Church
110 Community Dr. in Springfield