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Public Health expands drive-through testing for residents with symptoms at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease
April 21, 2020
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health division, is expanding drive-through testing for Solano County residents showing symptoms of COVID-19 and at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease starting this Wednesday, April 22, at the County clinic located at 2101 Courage Drive in Fairfield.
Solano Public Health is offering testing for County residents in the following high-risk groups who have signs and symptoms suggesting COVID-19, including fever, cough, chills or body aches. These high-risk groups include those 65 years old and older, and individuals of all ages with chronic disease or who have underlying medical conditions. The drive-through testing continues to be open for first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees living or working in Solano County. Testing is not available for those without symptoms at this time.
Testing is by appointment only and must be scheduled by calling (707) 784-8655. The drive-through testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until all appointment slots are filled. Callers are asked to not leave a message. Individuals who meet the criteria can get tested, regardless of health insurance or immigration status. There is no cost for this testing. Testing consists of a self-administered nasal swab, and results can be expected in 1-3 days.
"Prioritizing testing for elderly adults and those with underlying conditions is critical because these individuals are the most vulnerable for severe COVID-19 disease," said Bela Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Solano County Health Officer. “It is our responsibility to keep the elderly and chronically ill safe, as well as protect the essential workforce who have been taking care of our community's needs.”
Examples of employees in essential activities include, but are not limited to grocery stores, food banks, restaurants and food delivery, gas stations and auto-repair facilities, transportation providers, childcare and home-based care providers, water, sewer, solid waste, gas, and electrical operations, mailing and shipping services, banks, hardware stores, warehouses, and distribution centers, construction, laundry service, telecommunications, internet and media services, agricultural operations and government agencies. For a complete list of essential activities, visit the Shelter at Home guide.
It is important to remember that the most effective things people can do to protect themselves, their families and the community is to stay home, wash hands frequently and maintain a 6-foot distance from others when going out to conduct essential activities.
For more information about COVID-19 in Solano County, visit www.SolanoCounty.com/covid19. For a list of services that are considered essential, visit the Order of the Health Officer link or the Shelter at Home 101 guide. For all other questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the Coronavirus Warmline at 707-784-8988, email Covid19@SolanoCounty.com and visit Solano County Public Health on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SolanoCountyPH.