If you’re curious to see if you’re infected with the COVID-19 virus, testing continues through tomorrow at Lassen Community College.
Citizens should register at projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/ to make a reservation.
According to a statement from the Lassen County Incident Command, the county held a drive-through testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Monday, May 18. A second day of testing is planned for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. More days will be scheduled in the future based upon the need.
The county’s testing procedure is called surveillance testing as opposed to diagnostic testing, according to the command.
Richard Egan, Lassen County’s administrative officer and public information officer for the command, said this kind of testing is designed to see how prevalent the disease is in the county.
He said the test will only tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. It will not tell you if you’ve already been ill with the virus.
“Since we haven’t had a (confirmed) case here, it gives us an idea if the virus is here,” Egan said. “We’ve only done a couple of hundred tests, and with this we’ve got the capacity to do a couple thousand tests in few days.”
Egan said registration is important because it lets health care workers know how many residents to expect.