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COVID-19 Testing is Free with Verily – Registration Help is Available

Lake County, CA (June 5, 2020) – COVID-19 testing is now more available and affordable than ever in Lake County, thanks to our recent partnership with Verily’s Project Baseline.
 
Free Testing is Available
COVID-19 testing through private clinics can cost around $130, inadvertently discouraging some from getting tested.
 
Verily and Lake County Health Services offer free Drive-Thru testing at different locations around the county, open daily during the week.  Appointments are available up to 48 hours in advance, so it may look like there are no appointments available if you try to schedule further ahead.
 
Go to the Verily website to get screened and register:
https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/
 
Where are the Testing Locations?
Mondays and Tuesdays – Clearlake
Thursdays and Fridays – Lakeport
 
Wednesday testing alternates between Clearlake and Middletown.
 
The next Middletown testing dates are Wednesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 24.
 
There are some common misconceptions surrounding the Verily registration process:
Google tracks your information.
According to Project Baseline, their testing program will never be joined with your data stored in Google products without your explicit permission.
 
You must have insurance.
While the registration process asks for insurance information if you have it, insurance is NOT REQUIRED for testing.
 
No internet access, or other difficulties signing up?  Help is available!
Some have expressed frustrations surrounding the online registration process, and we really don’t want this to be a barrier for those who think they may have been exposed.  We need adequate testing to ensure the health of our residents as well as to meet the Governor’s mandate for reopening our beautiful county.  If the registration process is a barrier to testing for you, please call the Health Department at 707-263-8174 for assistance.
 
Isn’t COVID-19 testing pretty uncomfortable?
Not anymore!  Initially, tests used a 6-inch nasopharyngeal swab, and some experienced discomfort or involuntary coughing.  Starting next week, far less invasive mid-turbinate swabs will be used.  See “Option 2,” 1:14 into this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrSSXvbfeQg&feature=youtu.be
 
Are there groups that should particularly consider regular testing?
People exposed to high traffic areas (workers in public buildings, grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants, residents and staff in nursing homes or congregate living situations, etc.) are at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
 
40% of infected people never show symptoms, and people that do get sick are often contagious for a few days before symptoms appear, so testing people without symptoms is important.
 
We really encourage the business community to allow your workers to get tested, and Verily is a great option.
 
Frequently Asked Questions on Drive-Thru Testing are available here:
http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Assets/Departments/Health/Public+Health+Division/COVID-19/Testing/TestingFacts.pdf
 
Gary Pace, MD, MPH

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