WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County is once again at a Level 3 “Red” alert when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, a drive-up COVID-19 testing site was available.
It ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Trumbull Plaza on Parkman Road NW.
The line started around 7 or 8 a.m., and organizers were hoping to see 200 or 300 people. Some have gone through this more than once, just to be sure.
“I had open-heart surgery, and I have Grave’s Disease, so–and I’m also diabetic, so with high blood pressure,” said Carla Logan of Warren.
Testing was on a first come, first served basis.
The Trumbull Community Action Council joined with the Ohio National Guard to hold another of the state’s “pop-up” testing clinics.
According to the Trumbull County Combined Health District, the transition from “orange” to “red” is the result of two outbreaks within a seven-day period at two long-term care facilities.
Gov. Mike DeWine raised concerns Thursday over the virus becoming more prevalent in rural parts of the state.
Organizers in Trumbull County said they’re working on plans to address that.
The Trumbull Community Action Program teamed up with the Trumbull County Health District, the City of Warren and the Ohio National Guard for the drive-up testing.
“There’s an obvious need for testing in Trumbull County and the City of Warren,” said Van Nelson of the Trumbull Community Action Council.
Nelson brought a personal passion to this.
“You couldn’t have told me a year ago we’d be living–I’d have a mask on my chin, on my face. You couldn’t have told me I’d have a relative who passed away from COVID-19, but I did,” Nelson said.
Some of those coming through were doing so for the first time, but after nearly six months of this pandemic, they didn’t want to wait any longer.
“What can you do? What can you say? You know you just gotta know how to fight through it or go through it, you know?” said Darrell Butler from Warren.
This week, the Governor was also talking about a growing spread of the virus in the state’s more rural areas.
Organizers at the pop-up event hoped to meet that need as well.
“I’ve started working already on…with the commissioners, county officials, to have a site somewhere in northwest or northeast Trumbull County, and I hope to do that sometime in September,” Nelson said.
In the meantime, those tested Friday should learn their results early next week.
More stories from WKBN.com: