Cars line up for drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic in Columbiana County


This time, anyone -- even those without symptoms -- could be tested for the coronavirus

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Cars were lined up around the building and all the way down the hill to the Columbiana County Fairgrounds in Lisbon Monday morning so people could be tested for COVID-19.

“Well, you can’t be too cautious. Just out of personal safety of everybody in the area,” Leonard Wycoff said.

Workers with the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County put on this event after getting a call from the Ohio National Guard, whose members are the ones doing the testing.

“Partnered together to bring awareness, to try to get as many people tested as possible,” said Jenna Wonner, with the Community Action Agency.

Dan and Nancy Weber, of Columbiana, waited almost an hour-and-a-half so they could be tested for the first time.

“I didn’t qualify because I had no symptoms but now, this test today, you didn’t have to have symptoms. It could be for anybody,” Dan said.

Although hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus have been trending downward, there have still been more than 1,200 positive cases in Columbiana County and more people have been going to the agency’s local health clinic.

“We are offering Telehealth just to help lessen the numbers in the office but I think more people are coming out, but the fear is still there and anxiety is really high,” Wonner said.

Some parts of the country are pulling back on plans to reopen because of increased cases.

“I see on television on the bars and on the beaches, where they’re just elbow-to-elbow, no masks on. It’s no wonder it’s spreading,” Dan said.

Those getting tested Monday should have their results in two or three days.

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