Ohio Department of Health holds COVID-19 testing in Dayton Monday

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Health will conduct COVID-19 testing at a pop-up site in Dayton on Monday, Oct. 19.

Testing will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from noon until 5 p.m. The Department of Health said anyone can get a test free of charge. Appointments and referrals are not required.

“We have the Ohio National Guard helping us out. We’re trying to keep the lines moving as quickly as possible. When you come down, you’re going to take a brief test, get a couple of nasal swabs, and then you’ll get information about how you can get those results,” said Dan Suffoletto, Dayton-Montgomery County Public Health supervisor.

Testing quantities are limited. More information about testing and pop-up sites can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Dr. Roberto Colon, the associate chief medical officer for Miami Valley Hospital said, “We had started looking at a bump in the number of cases really over the past two weeks or so which was around the time we anticipated following the Labor Day holiday around 3-4 weeks later we had been seeing an increase following the holiday so it wasn’t too surprising. What is, is that we haven’t seen that crest yet. We haven’t seen the numbers start coming back down.”

He urges everyone to wear a mask to stop the spread.

“We have got to get everyone to understand that this is key. There is data showing that this does work. That this does help. It is not the only thing we have to do but it’s one of the first barriers in place because it helps reduce how much of the virus people can spread on to other people.” he said.

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