County sets up drive-thru testing in Wellsville

The Herald Staff
The Franklin County Emergency Management Mobile Command Trailer will be in Wellsville Thursday to provide residents drive-thru testing for coronavirus. There recently has been an increase in positive cases in the community. [HERALD FILE PHOTO].

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing unit will be in Wellsville Thursday at the high school parking lot.

Drive-thru testing is open to Wellsville residents only and/or those who have children in the Wellsville school district. Testing runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public should enter the parking lot from Seventh Street.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Mobile Command Trailer will be at the north end of the parking lot. Individuals will not need to get out of their vehicles for any reason, county officials said. Individuals who are tested will be asked to fill out a questionnaire, which will help the health department with contact tracing.

Based on the questionnaire, if individuals have been in close prolonged contact with a previous positive individual, they may be contacted by the Health Department with further instructions, officials said.

Wellsville has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in the past several days. Six people — four students and two parents — tested positive this past weekend, which forced the school district to suspend in-person activities through Wednesday.

Contact tracing of positive test results in this area has proven to be an issue, county officials said.

Studies suggest close contacts can develop symptoms up to 14 days after interaction, officials said. Any student who has been contacted by the school district or the health department pertaining to being in direct contact with a positive individual and has been referred for testing and should still quarantine for 14 days before going out in public.

Officials said a negative test can be produced before the on-set of symptoms. There are many carriers of this virus who have been asymptomatic, showing no symptoms at all within the quarantine period. Your efforts to help mitigate the spread of this virus are sincerely appreciated. It takes everyone doing their part.

The drive-thru testing is a joint effort between the Franklin County Health Department, Franklin County Emergency Management, Wellsville USD 289, the City of Wellsville, the Wellsville Police Department and the Ottawa Family Physicians Lab Staff, county officials said.