Public Health to hold COVID-19 testing clinic

Lassen County residents have the option to be tested for COVID-19 in a few days.

With the recent acquisition of thousands of tests, Lassen County Incident Command announced Lassen County Public Health is holding a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19 at Lassen Community College. More days will be scheduled based on need.

Participants are asked to pre-register after 10 p.m. Thursday night, May 14 at projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/. Participating in the no cost testing is completely voluntary.

“The state wants to get a true picture on the level of COVID-19 cases in each county before they approve reopening more businesses, so they’ve ramped up production of test kits, which were scarce weeks ago, and provided for mass testing since people can be asymptomatic and still carry the virus,” read the Thursday, May 14 weekly update from Incident Command.

“This process is called surveillance testing as opposed to diagnostic testing,” it continued.

Incident Command also noted
“literally anyone” can register to get a test.

“If you are a business and want to get your employees tested, get them tested. If you just want to see our economy get moving again and are willing to be counted, get tested. If you want reassurance that you or a family member aren’t carrying the virus, get tested,” read the weekly update from Incident Command.

It continued saying those getting tested do not have to be Lassen County residents, and the results from the test will be reported to the person’s county of residence.

Results from non-county residents will not be included in overall Lassen County results.

Prior to the drive-thru clinic, however, participants should pre-register.

“The information you provide will be kept confidential. We will report test result numbers to the public, but not any personal information. We will provide tablets at the test site for those who do not have a computer or other way to pre-register, but you may need to complete the registration process and return at another time to be tested,” read the update.

Those interested may register after 10 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/.