Coronavirus: Four testing locations in the Clark County area now available

Clark County announced four locations in the area where COVID-19 testing is available. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Clark County announced four locations in the area where COVID-19 testing is available. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Four locations in the Clark County area are now offering COVID-19, or coronavirus, testing.

According to the Clark County Combined Health District, the testing locations are Northparke Internal Medicine at 211 Northparke Dr. Ste. 101 in Springfield, Rocking Horse Community Health Center at 651 S. Limestone St. in Springfield, New Carlisle Family Practice at 432 N. Main St and Madison Health EBY Building at the Madison County Fairground at 205 Elm St. in London.

The CCCHD includes the testing location in London in their list of local testing sites due to the close proximity to Clark County, CCCHD spokesperson Emma Smales said.

“For some people, the fairgrounds location is closer than the other locations. So we included it because for some people it’s more convenient,” Smales said.

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Testing at all four locations is not free, Smales said, and will be billed through insurance.

Each testing location also has its own eligibility requirements in order to receive a test:

• At Northparke, those looking to receive a test must be symptomatic and be a health care worker, elderly patient, patient with a compromised immune system, patient with certain medical conditions, pregnant or be a patient who lives in a group setting.

• At Rocking Horse, those looking to receive a test must be a Rocking Horse patient and be symptomatic.

• At Madison Health, testing is only available to those with a doctor’s order.

• At New Carlisle Family Practice, testing is available to symptomatic individuals after a physician evaluation.

For more information on testing, residents can visit the health district’s website at ccchd.com.

Testing at the locations is being offered by independent providers, CCCHD spokesperson Emma Smales said, not conducted through the health district.

“For example, at Northparke the testing is through the Mercy Health system, we don’t have anything to do with those tests,” Smales said.

Smales said the district does have, “some” tests from the Ohio Department of Health, but not enough to test everyone in the county who wants one.

“We wish we could test everyone. We only have a very small amount of tests given to us from the state,” Smales said. “We are using those for very targeted situations.”

One of those situations was earlier this week, Smales said, after the district learned of a positive coronavirus case at the Southbrook Care Center in Springfield. The district tested residents and healthcare providers who work at the care center.

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Clark County has 30 confirmed cases, and one probable death, of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of the Health’s website.

Cases have been found in the City of Springfield, Bethel Township, German Township, Mad River Township, Moorefield Township, Springfield Township, Green Township and the City of New Carlisle, according to the CCCHD.

The first case of the coronavirus in Clark County was reported on March 18. As of Friday, most patients are around the age of 58-year-old.