HEMINGFORD – A half-day of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered to the general public in Chadron and Gordon on Monday, part of 3 days of testing in 6 Panhandle cities under the banner of Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command.
Panhandle Public Health District Director Kim Engel says the National Guard will conduct the testing by appointment only in morning and afternoon sessions – Saturday in Sidney and Oshkosh, Sunday in Bridgeport and Alliance, and Monday in Chadron and Gordon.
Testing will be in 15-minute intervals, but details including exact times and locations have not been released. A self-schedule website is expected to open today or tomorrow, but schedule for each town won’t be available until about 24 hours before the testing is to take place. More details will be released on the PPHD website and Facebook page.
Engel says the testing is specifically targeted at those who are showing potential symptoms of COVID-19 or who believe they may have been exposed by a confirmed coronavirus case. Engel says those already showing symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately for testing rather than waiting for the weekend.
She also says the testing is not related to TestNebraska, touted by Governor Ricketts and now offering mobile testing in several cities, but is instead a resource made available by the state to help reach Ricketts’ goal of 3,000 tests per day statewide.