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“We only do it where we think there’s a need based upon the current situation,” Suffoletto said.
People who are infected with the coronavirus might not feel sick so testing helps identify who is infectious and needs to isolate to cut off further spread.
Fuyao stated that testing is mandatory. “We will evaluate refusals on a case by case basis being mindful that refusals to test impact the fairness of the process and potentially jeopardize the health and safety of our workforce,” the company said.
Public Health also worked with Crocs to do blanket testing for their Dayton workers and 2% of workers tested positive.
Health officials have emphasized that the virus is highly contagious and just because a worker gets sick doesn’t mean a company has done anything wrong.
Montgomery County has been reporting an uptick in cases over the last several weeks. Local hospitals have also been reporting some increases in COVID-19 patients over the last few weeks.
Out of the 1,345 county residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic, as of Tuesday an estimated 318 are still active cases.
Health officials have urged people to take precautions to reduce their risk of spreading the virus such as wearing a face mask when out in public and keeping at least six feet of physical distance between people.
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Five Rivers Health Centers is also offering free testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Samaritan Health Center, 921 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton.
Those who show up to the site should bring their State I.D. or driver’s license and their insurance card if they have one. Appointments are not required but pre-registration is appreciated and available at fiverivershealthcenters.org. Patients can also pre-register for the Dayton site by calling (937) 681-2091.