XENIA — As the COVID-19 vaccine was being rolled out in southwest Ohio, another round of free coronavirus testing was available in the county Tuesday.
Held in collaboration by Greene County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio National Guard, around 1,000 tests were available at the former Greene County Career Center building on a walk-in basis to anyone interested in being tested.
“It’s the week before Christmas, I think people want to know,” said GCPH Public Information Officer Laurie Fox. “The numbers in the county, we’re averaging over 100 every day. The numbers continue to rise.”
The county currently has a 30 percent positivity rate. Fox said under 10 percent is acceptable, but under 5 percent is “ideal.”
Tuesday’s COVID-19 numbers from the state show 8,031 confirmed cases in Greene County. There were around 7,400 reported yesterday.
Fox scoffed at the idea that the pandemic was made up as a way for government to control residents and that it was not real.
“You talk to any hospital worker, any public health worker, we all wish it wasn’t real,” she said. “You ask anyone who has loved a loved one, they’ll have plenty to say.”
Fox said citizens should continue to “wash up, mask up, back up, avoid social gatherings” adding that families should celebrate small.
Those tested Tuesday were told they would likely receive results within two to three days.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.