I haven’t been coming around much because honestly, I’m bored of all the covid-19 threads. Not that I don’t take the threat seriously, but the precautions are things we already do and I just find the conversation stagnant.
However… I just got an email from my doctor’s office. Seems they are implementing blood testing for every single member of our county, free of cost. Test results should be available within two days. The intention is to repeat the testing in two weeks for everyone, too.
The email did not have many specifics, though. I don’t know if it’s MANDATORY for every single person or voluntary. I don’t know how one actually goes about getting the test. Do they schedule them, do they drive down the roads and knock on doors? If it’s mandatory, and buses/shuttles have been cancelled, how do those of us who don’t/can’t drive get to the test facilities? How do they protect us from the hoards of possibly contaminated people accumulating in the testing facilities… Especially after they’ve banned accumulations of people? If tests are supposed to be so rare and unrefined thus far, how do we have access to enough for the whole county and how effective are they? Who or what is paying for this?
I think it’s an awesome preventative step. It’s the first I’ve heard of any such movement to test an entire community. They’re trying to gauge just how pervasive it is, and how it’s changing over the weeks to come.
As of yesterday, we had no confirmed cases. The national guard set up a testing facility yesterday afternoon for 100 people who were selected by the two medical offices in the county based upon symptoms they presented to the doctors with. No results have been released yet from those tests, though, and now this announcement about full-county testing just came through.