Hundreds line up for COVID-19 testing in Kanawha County


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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Lots of of vehicles crammed the streets, ranging from the Schoenbaum Middle on Charleston’s West Facet stretching all the way in which to the North Charleston Group Middle.

“I completely was not anticipating this type of a turnout,” stated Dr. Sherri Younger, government director of the Kanawha-Charleston Well being Division. “I’m so glad that individuals are taking the chance.”

Younger stated this was the Well being Division’s 24th drive-thru COVID testing occasion and, thus far, the very best turnout they’ve seen. Over 560 folks went by way of the tents to check.

“I believe the excessive turnout is because of folks getting back from holidays they usually’re listening, they know a variety of trip locations proper now are hotspots, so they should are available in and be examined.”

However many lined up simply to take up the chance free of charge testing and to make sure they’re COVID-free.

“I don’t have medical health insurance, and my mom is a kidney transplant affected person,” stated Maria Hatfield, one in all a whole bunch who was examined. “I’ve to go to work and I’ve to ensure I don’t expose her.”

Hatfield was additionally one in all a whole bunch to attend in a roughly three-hour lengthy line to get examined.

“We notice due to the turnout (Wednesday) that we’re going to must do some bigger scale testing occasions to fulfill the wants, and that’s why we’re adaptable to that,” Younger advised WSAZ. “We’re going to pair up with the ambulance authority, we’re going to pair up with the county and town and makes certain it will get achieved.”

Younger additionally stated earlier than the testing occasion Wednesday, that they had examined roughly 9,200 folks for COVID within the county. She stated the extra who come, the higher, they usually’re planning future occasions.

“We’re not going to cease, we’re going to maintain testing and be right here for the general public. COVID shouldn’t be going away for the summer season, COVID shouldn’t be taking a trip, we’re going to be right here all through the summer season and get everyone examined who wants it.”

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