“Baby, it’s cold outside”: Inyo County HHS Covid-19 Community Testing Being Moved Inside
On Tuesday, Inyo County Health and Human Services Department announced that Verily COVID-19 community testing is being moved indoors rather than continue with its drive-through model now that cold weather has arrived, announced Anna Scott. Instead of a drive-through, the new site will be a walk-in site at the Tallman Pavilion at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds on Sierra Street.
Testing in Bishop will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Participants must register and schedule an appointment ahead of time to get tested. Same day appointments are sometimes available, but they are not guaranteed.
Testing in Lone Pine will start today, Friday, Dec. 4, at the Lone Pine Senior Center located at Statham Hall at 138 Jackson St., Lone Pine. Those getting tested are asked to not try to enter the main entrance where senior services are provided.
Testing will be available every Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and, again, participants are advised that they must register and schedule an appointment to be tested.
The Verily COVID-19 testing program has been extended to include access to testing to include teens and youth, ages 13-17, under the supervision of a legal guardian.
For more information and to register for an appointment, visit the Project Baseline website at https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/ covid-19/.
Signage will be posted to help make sure that the public will get to the right places. Scheduling appointments will be staggered to facilitate that those getting tested will move quickly while avoiding large numbers of people gathering.
At the same meeting, Inyo County Public Health Officer Dr. James Richardson told county supervisors that a key component in controlling the spread of COVID is testing, along with case identification, contact tracing, quarantining and isolation.
“Testing is becoming a bigger and bigger component of keeping,” says Richardson, “of who’s positive, removing them from the public domain, putting them in isolation and quarantining any contacts.” He went on to say, “That’s the only way we’re going to get a handle on this in the short term.”