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COVID-19 Testing in Douglas County

Next COVID-19 Testing Opportunity: Douglas High School October 3 from 9am to 12pm noon.

We need more people to get tested for COVID-19 in Douglas County. Here's why:

Testing for COVID-19 in Douglas County has slowed significantly. It is important for our community to continue having the public get tested to understand the spread of COVID-19 in the community and ensure we can remain open safely. The Chamber is providing information on the testing process and locations to get tested in order to assist Douglas County in reaching its testing goals.

You can get tested for COVID-19 even if you are not having symptoms. This kind of testing is important for an individual’s peace of mind and for community assessment of the spread of COVID-19.

Why Get Tested?

One reason may be to satisfy your own peace of mind. That is a very valid consideration. But even if you are confident you don’t have the virus, getting tested will also help the community. We need to continue to test the community to accurately measure the spread of COVID-19, and without enough testing we could face additional restrictions from the state.

The state of Nevada established a COVID-19 Task Force to oversee the pandemic recovery effort. In late July Governor Sisolak changed the Road to Recovery strategy from a phased approach to one headed by the COVID-19 Task Force. The Task Force evaluates data on a county by county level to determine what is the appropriate level of openness is for that County. There are a number of Counties where bars and restaurant operations are curtailed or closed because the Task Force has determined COVID-19 is spreading unchecked in that County and additional shutdown actions are warranted.

How does the Task Force make these determinations? They evaluate three criteria from each County. The first one is the number of tests conducted in the County relative to the population. Enough test must be conducted to give the Task Force a level of confidence that if COVID-19 was spreading through the community, it would be detected by the tests. In July, enough people turned out in the community for testing to satisfy this number. Recent testing events have not been well attended enough.

The other two criteria are the number of cases and the positivity rate. Continuing to adhere to the social distancing requirements, keeping your distance and masking up, helps address those criteria. The State Task Force has developed thresholds for each of the criteria. Any county which exceeds the threshold for 2 or the 3 criteria is placed under additional shutdown restrictions.

Douglas County currently does not meet the testing threshold. We are at risk with 1 of the 3 criteria. We need to improve our testing in order to remove the threat of additional restrictions by exceeding an additional criteria.

Here is the latest update from the Task Force on the 3 criteria by County. Note Douglas County does not meet the testing criteria.

Where to get tested?

The next testing opportunity is at East Fork Fire Station 12 on Topsy Lane in North Douglas County on September 11th from 4 to 6pm.

Testing is a very simple process, you do not even have to get out of your car. Pull into the testing site, you be directed on where to go, and they will collect your information and test you while you wait in your car.