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Free COVID-19 testing continues in Baker

Free COVID-19 testing continues in Baker

On June 23, 2020, Southeast Community Health Systems conducted another round of COVID19 testing for free in Baker. This was the second time volunteers from their organization have provided this service to the community and we are very appreciative.

Many may ask, why get tested? If you do not feel ill, that is understandable; however, if you do have any symptoms it is recommended that you do pursue testing, said officials with the City of Baker.

Symptoms are:

Photo by Willie Williams

Photo by Willie Williams

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
    Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
    Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

As cases continue to increase we must increase testing because large-scale testing allows health services to quickly identify who has the disease and arrange for them to receive the care needed.

This allows healthcare professionals and the person infected to isolate when it becomes known they have contracted COVID19 and that prevents them from coming into contact with others which slows the spread of the disease.

The more tests performed on persons who have any symptoms will let the scientific and professional healthcare community understand how widespread the disease is and how it is evolving.

By being tested we can find out where the disease is or is not increasing and that helps community leaders make evidence-based decisions to try to slow the spread of the disease.

Where you can get tested if you do not have a primary care doctor:

Southeast Community Health will offer another round of testing in July for the community. Notice will be provided on how to sign up for testing.

Quest Diagnostics offers free testing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning in the Walmart parking lot at 14507 Plank Rd between 7am & 9am. You must sign up on the Quest Diagnostic website for an appointment.

CVS Pharmacy 1214 Main St. You must register on CVS.com for an appointment.

 

Photo Credit: Willie Williams

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