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Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event held in Superior

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event held in Superior

Created: October 23, 2020 05:10 PM

With school back in session and the season changing, health officials are continuing to ramp up their efforts to test people for COVID-19. In Superior, the Wisconsin National Guard worked to test up to 500 people in a drive-thru manner during a free COVID-19 testing event Friday.

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Kathy Ronchi, Public Health Officer for Douglas County said this was important because they have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases linked to known exposure and community transmission.

“What we’re seeing over and over is a person tests positive in a family and then all of the family become positive as well,” Ronchi said.

For this reason, Ronchi says it is critical for people who think they may have been exposed to stay home even if they are not experiencing symptoms.

“We’re still seeing family members of a positive person visiting elderly or going to a party or something like that, knowing they’ve been exposed. They don’t feel sick, so they go and then a day or two later, symptoms develop and they were contagious at that time,” Ronchi said.

As always, Ronchi said people should continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing. And, as winter approaches, Ronchi said it is a good year to get a flu-shot or go with the flu-mist to prevent any confusion between COVID-19 and the flu, as well as, to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with patients.

Ronchi said Douglas County hopes to host more free COVID-19 drive-thru testing events in the near future. Currently, they are looking at doing every other Friday except for Thanksgiving through December.

More information about the free testing events can be found here.

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