Drive through surveillance testing
MADISON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN VIRGINIA CITY
Surveillance testing will be available to people without COVID-19 symptoms from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10.
The Madison County Public Health Department and the National Guard will be conducting the drive through testing at 7 Placer Loop in between Virginia City and Nevada City. Anywhere between 750 and 1,000 tests will be available for any asymptomatic individuals in the area. According to the MCPHD, Madison County residents will have preference in the testing, but visitors can be tested as well.
People who are displaying coronavirus symptoms are not eligible for surveillance testing and should be tested at a clinic. COVID-19 tests for symptomatic individuals are prioritized and will receive quicker results than being tested in the surveillance program. Both tests are free.
The surveillance testing is conducted from people’s cars. The workers at the drive through surveillance testing site will be in protective gear and are further protected if people remain in their cars. Individuals will use a cotton nasal swab to collect a sample that will be labeled and sent to a lab.
Test results will be returned between 7-10 days.