Community Based Testing in Churchill County Begins Today – 5-7-2020

Community-based Asymptomatic COVID Testing Now Available for County Residents

Ten percent of population to be tested to establish a community baseline.

Fallon, NV – Churchill County has developed a plan for random, voluntary community-based COVID testing using its three commission districts.

The County’s Social Services Department will staff a call center and citizens may request drive-through testing beginning on May 7. Drive-through testing will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

The goal is to test a total of 42 citizens from each district per testing date on a first-call, first-scheduled basis. This will result in 252 tests per week or 1% of our population being tested weekly.

Volunteer community-based drive-through testing will take place for 10 weeks to gather data on 10 percent of our total population. Testing appointments are required; please do not just show up and request a test.

The drive-through test will only determine whether or not a person has COVID at the time of the test. It is not an antibody test.

To voluntarily schedule your COVID test, please call 775-423-6695 (select option 2) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be scheduled for your test and given further instructions. Please leave a message if prompted and you will be called back as phone lines are busy.

Photo captions: David Ernst of Parks & Recreation pre-stages the testing check-in tent at the fairgrounds on May 6.

 Arrows mark the flow of traffic into the testing area at the fairgrounds.