YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Youngstown and Youngstown Health District are holding drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Covelli Centre.
Over the past couple of months, more than 15,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus by workers at a local urgent care business in the area.
With fewer cases being reported, some health experts worry the public may be getting comfortable, thinking the problems are all behind us.
“Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Coronavirus is still a very big problem,” said Dr. Lena Esmail with QUICKmed Urgent Care.
For that reason, directors with QUICKmed are now teaming up with leaders in Youngstown to offer another round of testing next week.
“The most vulnerable are those in the city of Youngstown, African Americans, minorities. We wanted to make sure that we removed all barriers from them actually coming and getting a test,” said Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown.
The clinic is for people with COVID-19 symptoms or those who have had direct exposure to the virus.
Testing will be held outside the Covelli Centre on June 10 and 11.
This time, arrangements have been made for walk-up service for those living downtown and free transportation for those who don’t.
“There are people who don’t live downtown, so what do they do? We were able to work with WRTA where they’re able to get them down here that day,” said Youngstown City Health Commissioner Erin Bishop.
Preregistration begins at 8 a.m. Friday, June 5 and closes at noon on June 11. It is required to attend.
To register, visit www.quickmed-uc.com or call 724-734-5235 or 330-759-0085.
With test kits more readily available, some of the limitations have been lifted.
“We’re going to be testing anyone who has any symptoms. That may be upper respiratory-related or COVID-related, or any exposure to COVID,” Esmail said.
Those who preregistered will need to enter through the Covelli Centre’s main driveway off E. Front Street. They should remain in their vehicles and follow traffic control cones and officers.
If walking there, patients should enter the main plaza and stand near the Covelli Centre’s VIP entrance and main driveway turnaround.
While testing should be covered by insurance, organizers will offer testing for free to those without coverage.
Thursday morning, Mahoning County Commissioners donated $5,000 to help underwrite those costs.