Free pop-up coronavirus testing site Thursday in Dayton

Mayor Nan Whaley was among those taking advantage of free coronavirus testing at the Samaritan Health Center in Dayton.

The testing was available to anyone through 4 p.m. Thursday at  921 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Patients do not need a doctor’s order or show symptoms of the virus to be tested. Pre-registration encouraged and is available by calling 937-681-2091.

Those who want to be tested should bring a photo ID and their insurance card if they have one.

Test results should be available within two to five days.

The pop-up testing site is available due to Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force and a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio National Guard.

Members of the National Guard are providing swabs and doing the testing, while Five Rivers Health is offering infrastructure support.

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On Wednesday, a free pop-up testing site was in Xenia at Five Rivers Greene County Health Center.

There 975 tests were delivered to the lab for processing, according to Greene County Public Health. Results are expected in about three days.

Five Rivers staff said people were lining up for testing as early as 6:45 a.m.

Dr. Mamle Anim encouraged people to take advantage of the free testing, even if they aren’t showing any symptoms of the viurs.

“The thing with COVID-19 is the more you test and the more you know who are positive without symptoms, the more you can break the cycle,” she said.

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