MOUNT VERNON – Knox Public Health, the Community Health Center and the Ohio National Guard are joining forces once again to offer a drive-thru opportunity for local residents to be tested for COVID-19.
The drive-thru clinic will take place at Knox County Fairgrounds on Saturday (8/8) from 8 a.m. to noon. The set-up will be similar to the drive-thru flu shot clinics that the health department has conducted in the past at the fairgrounds.
COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru is free. There are no out-of-pocket costs, however attendees should bring their insurance card and a photo ID. Insurance information will be collected to help cover lab processing costs.
If someone does not have insurance, there is still no cost to the participant.
The testing will be by nasopharyngeal swab which collects nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat.
Attendees do not have to have an appointment to participate in the drive-thru. Paperwork will be completed on-site.
The testing is available to anyone with or without symptoms, age 18 years and older, and regardless of where they live or work.
To expedite the process, attendees can download a fillable consent form from the COVID-19 page on the KPH website, www.knoxhealth.com. The link for the form is located underneath the drive-thru graphic.
Testing participants will enter through the lower gate on the east side of the fairgrounds, off of Wooster Road (U.S. 36/S.R. 3). Traffic will be routed to the north, around the race track and toward the grandstand area.
There will be several checking stations along the way to complete and verify paperwork.
The test will be administered in the Merchant’s Building by medical personnel with the Ohio National Guard. All testing will take place while the attendee is in their vehicle.