Test Iowa site at Beach Ottumwa: What you need to know

Published: May. 12, 2020 at 1:12 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Wapello County will be seeing it’s very first coronavirus testing site starting Wednesday, May 13.

Coronavirus cases in the county have surged over the past couple of weeks, up to 266 cases now. Ottumwa mayor made the announcement about the testing site at a press conference Monday at Ottumwa City Hall.

“We’ve been talking with governor’s office over the past couple of weeks, and they just contacted us to notify us that we are going to be a Test Iowa site,” said Lazio.

Testing will take place at Beach Ottumwa from Wednesday May 13, until Friday May 15. Testing hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 13th; 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Thursday, May 14th; 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Friday, May 15th; 8 AM - 6PM

While the test is free, you do have to qualify to be selected. Not everybody will get a test. Test candidates must first fill out a set of screening questions from the Test Iowa website. Following the completion of the form, you will now if you’ve been selected for a test. Candidates who have been exposed to someone who has already tested positive and essential workers will be given priority, according to Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tim Richmond.

If you are selected for a test, an appointment will be scheduled for you to attend at the Beach Ottumwa. Those who receive a test will need to bring their confirmation form with them to the testing location. Individuals receiving tests will not need to leave their vehicle, and will be given a nasal swab test. The state estimates having results back to you within 72 hours.

“Remember, the whole goal of this to make it a manageable level so our health care system can handle the patients. We can’t stop it. You can’t stop something like this. But, you can slow the spread so you can manage it, and work everybody through it,” said Tim Richmond.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa National Guard will be assisting with set up and traffic flow as well.

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