CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – As the number of coronavirus cases rises, so does the number of people looking to get tested. So, two medical professionals in Canfield teamed up with QuickMed Urgent Care to help as many people get tested as possible.
Gregory and Elizabeth Zinni have their own family practice site in Canfield, and since the outbreak of COVID-19, more people wanted to know if they had it.
“Patients were calling in, wondering if they could be tested for the coronavirus. We really had no idea what to do. As health care providers, it was very frustrating,” Elizabeth said.
So, Elizabeth reached out to a former co-worker.
“We got to talking and we began to discuss the underserved area of testing in the Boardman/Canfield area and though there are a lot of people who live here, they don’t have any access to testing,” said QuickMed CEO Lena Esmail.
This Thursday and Friday, people will have the chance to get tested at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
“We decided for the best place to do mass testing, so it wouldn’t cause any difficulty with the traffic, was to do it at the Canfield Fair,” Esmail said.
But first, you must show at least two symptoms or show one symptom but were also in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever, loss of taste or smell and difficulty breathing.
“We will be screening them through telehealth to see if they do qualify for tests and then we’ll go from there,” Elizabeth said.
You do not have to be one of the Zinni’s patients to get screened.
If you do qualify, you must enter through Gate 8, right off of Route 46. From there, you will be directed to the Government Building, where the testing will be held.
“So they will stay in the car. They will go there with their ID and they will subsequently be swabbed,” Esmail said.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and will close at noon on Friday.
To register, visit www.quickmed-uc.com or call 724-734-5235 or 330-759-0085.