Lake County, CA (May 7, 2020) – Despite limited staffing and a lack of immediate state or federal support, the County of Lake’s Health Services Department was able to procure sufficient testing supplies and open a Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing site this week.
As of Thursday, May 7, 100 appointments had been scheduled, and 88 nasopharyngeal swabs had been performed (the remaining 12 appointments were either cancellations or no-shows).
We would like to thank the City of Lakeport, Lakeport Police Department, and Lake County Fire Protection District for their support of this week’s successful mobile sampling site. We would especially like to thank all the county residents who participated, and showed great patience with the screening and test collection process.
Next week, the County of Lake Health Services Department’s Public Health Division, with the support of the City of Clearlake, Clearlake Police Department, and Lake County Fire Protection District, will provide a mobile sampling site in Clearlake.
We expect to see 50-75 preregistered people per day, for testing in a drive-thru setting. Sites will be open on Tuesday, May 12, 11am-1pm, and Thursday, May 14, 10am-1pm. Results should be back within 48-72 hours.
If more than 50-75 people need the test on a given day, we will try to prioritize the most vulnerable. We will only be able to provide testing to people that have preregistered.
To get tested in Clearlake during the week of May 11, please call the MHOAC line, at 707-263-8174, to be transferred to a staff member for screening and registration.
In addition to the mobile sampling we have independently been able to implement, the Health Services Department has also received the Governor’s approval for an independent sampling entity to operate within the County of Lake.
Project Baseline, a community testing initiative by Verily, will be in our county by the end of next week, to assist us in expanding testing. While details of our collaboration with Verily are still being worked out, the intention is to have a mobile site rotate among 2-4 sites around the lake, and operate 5-6 days a week.
Additional details and testing (aka sampling) opportunities will be announced as they are arranged.
Additional information and forms are posted on the Public Health Website, at http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus/
For Lake County-specific Coronavirus information, please continue to visit the Lake County Health Services Department’s website, http://health.co.lake.ca.us.
The Lake County Coronavirus Response Hub has additional valuable resources:
If you still have questions, please send an email request to [email protected], or call during business hours, 707-263-8174.
Gary Pace MD, MPH
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