Tuscarawas County Health Department to offer COVID-19 testing

Tuscarawas County Health Department to offer COVID-19 testing
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The COVID-19 testing is being offered for those with current infection. These are not antibody tests. Tuscarawas County residents who have a fever, cough or other symptoms might have COVID-19.

                        

The Tuscarawas County Health Department will begin offering drive-up COVID-19 testing on Monday, June 1. The testing will be provided to Tuscarawas County residents Monday through Thursday by appointment only, with or without a doctor’s order, at 897 E. Iron Ave. in Dover.

The COVID-19 testing is being offered for those with current infection. These are not antibody tests. Tuscarawas County residents who have a fever, cough or other symptoms might have COVID-19.

Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. A self-checker tool, which can guide in making decisions about testing, can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.

Those who have severe symptoms that include an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing) should get medical attention right away.

Symptoms that may warrant a test include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, recent loss of taste or smell, or confusion, particularly in older adults.

Tuscarawas County residents with any of the above symptoms can call 330-343-5555 ext. 100 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a confidential screening to determine testing eligibility.

There is no upfront cost for testing. Medical insurance is not needed to get tested; however, health insurance will be billed for those who have insurance.

Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Only those with pre-established appointments will be tested. Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles, and the testing will be done while the patients remain seated in their vehicles. Test results are typically available in three to five days.

"It is crucial to ramp up testing in Tuscarawas County so we can get a more accurate idea of the spread of COVID-19 in our community," said Katie Seward, Tuscarawas County health commissioner. "It is also crucial for everyone in the community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families."


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