YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Even after a week of publicity, only a handful of people turned out Wednesday morning to be tested for the coronavirus in downtown Youngstown.
Organizers admit that as the COVID-19 crisis makes fewer headlines, testing may not be as top-of-mind as it was two months ago.
“Now that we’re not all mandated to stay home, I think that people… might not feel it’s as much of a priority as when we were all mandated to stay,” said Dr. Lena Esmail.
Although the first drive-up clinic was held in early April, this was the first for Youngstown. Officials worried that Youngstown’s inner city population, especially those without easy transportation, might be overlooked.
“They tend to get decreased access to care, decreased opportunities to seek care and because of that, they tend to be the last to have access,” Esmail said.
The clinic will be held again on Thursday at the Covelli Centre starting at 9 a.m. Drive-thru testing runs until 4:30 p.m.
All patients must be pre-registered and enter through the main drive located off of East Front Street. To register, visit quickmed-uc.com or call 724-734-5235 or 330-759-0085.
You must remain in your vehicle and follow traffic control cones and officers.
Testing will also be available for patients who walk to the facility.
Walking patients should enter through the main plaza and stand in line near the VIP entrance.
Esmail said her staff with QuickMed Urgent Care will continue offering testing for both the coronavirus and its antibodies for those who want it.
Later this summer, they will be working with local school districts getting ready for sports when classes resume in the fall.
“They’re going to be offering optional COVID testing for their students and staff to return back to play, and while we’re out there, we’re going to be doing their school physicals for free because we’re already going to be out there,” Esmail said.