KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – In an effort to ensure access to COVID-19 testing throughout Klamath County, Klamath Health Partnership is offering free testing in Crescent July 20th.
Walk-up and drive through testing will be offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crescent Fire District Fire Hall, 136727 Main St.
Participants will be asked to complete some paperwork before being given the nasal swab test.
The Oregon Health Authority has reported 131 cases in Klamath County. One person has died.
This service is made possible through a collaboration between Klamath County Public Health and Klamath Health Partnership.
“The first four testing days were held in Merrill, Malin, Chiloquin and Bonanza with a good response,” said Klamath County Public Health Director Jennifer Little. “Public Health serves the entire county and it is important to meet people where they are. Time and transportation can be barriers to service. This project takes testing to the people.”
Klamath Health Partnership is providing the testing, facilitated through Public Health’s relationships with the smaller towns’ governments and citizens.
“A lot is said about the social determinants of health, which include where we live and our access to services, including health care,” said Klamath Health Partnership CEO Signe Porter. “Klamath Health Partnership exists to help local people receive the care they need and deserve.”
Klamath Health Partnership COO Amanda Blodgett said the testing is part of the requirements for Klamath County to remain open.
“Greater access to testing was an element of the framework that allowed Governor Brown to see we have a plan in place to safely reopen the county,” she said. “Hopefully, this is just the beginning of an effort to make testing more accessible countywide.”
For any tests that return a positive result, Klamath County Public Health will follow-up with the individual to provide direction for isolation and symptom monitoring.