Adena collaborates with Ross County, city and schools for COVID-19 testing push

Adena collaborates with Ross County, city and schools for COVID-19 testing push

CHILLICOTHE – Adena Health System, the Ross County Commissioners, the city of Chillicothe, Ross County Health District and Chillicothe City School District have joined forces to assist qualified Ross County residents to gain free access to COVID-19 testing.

Qualifications for this testing include: the person must be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if asymptomatic, must have been in contact with a person identified as carrying the Novel Coronavirus.

The Ross County commissioners have allocated Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to cover the cost of testing for any qualified resident of Ross County who needs a test. Adena Health System will execute the testing program through its multiple COVID-19 testing facilities, after the person contacts the Adena COVID-19 hotline at 740-542-SAFE (7233).

“Ross County was fortunate to be awarded funds from the CARES Act,” said Commissioner Steve Neal. “The costs associated with COVID-19 testing is forcing some families to make a decision to forgo or delay testing when experiencing symptoms of the virus. This collaboration gives us an opportunity to provide testing for qualified Ross County residents at no cost to them and to save lives.”

If a resident of Ross County – or any county in the south central and southern Ohio region – believes they have symptoms of coronavirus; or if they are not showing symptoms but have been in contact with someone confirmed to have the virus, they should call the Adena COVID-19 Hotline before seeking care. Once callers access the COVID-19 Hotline, a screener will conduct a brief interview to determine if testing is needed. An appointment will then be set up for the caller at one of Adena’s Urgent Care testing facilities throughout the region.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms will be scheduled for a required exam at the testing location, and testing will be administered and sent to Adena’s lab for processing.

Those patients not showing symptoms but who have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person will be scheduled for a curbside nasal swab at their nearest testing facility; the patient will not exit his or her vehicle; and receive a COVID PCR Test with results provided in two to five days, depending on statewide testing volume.

Because of the virus’ high risk to others, COVID-19 testing isn’t a walk-in service at Adena Urgent Care locations or physician offices. For anyone in need of a test, the first act is to Adena’s hotline, number higher up, to begin the process of setting up an appointment.

Expanding community-wide testing also includes the addition of in-school testing for any Chillicothe City Schools student. This in-school testing is being provided with CARES Act funding that has been awarded to the City of Chillicothe.

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