LIMA — Health Partners of Western Ohio is bringing community-wide coronavirus testing to Lima on June 1.
The tests will be available to anyone in the community, but patients must first schedule a telehealth appointment with Health Partners of Western Ohio and ask for a coronavirus test. Patients are then given another appointment for a drive-thru test at the Bradfield Community Center.
The tests are self-administered via nasal swab that will be processed by LabCorp, a nationwide laboratory now offering coronavirus antibody and diagnostic testing across the U.S.
Patients should be notified of their results within three days.
“Coronavirus is now community spread. You don’t have to say, ‘My aunt tested positive for COVID-19, so I’ve been exposed.’ If you’ve been to the grocery store; if you’ve ordered takeout; any of those things, you’ve been exposed to coronavirus because it’s not communitywide,” said Dr. Elizabeth West, chief operating officer for Health Partners of Western Ohio. “That is exposure and the patients can get a test.”
The tests through Health Partners only detect present infections, although antibody testing is also available through Lima Memorial Health System and others.
Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that certain health centers and pharmacies in Ohio would soon start offering diagnostic coronavirus testing, allowing a broader set of Ohioans to see whether they are infected.
Previously, coronavirus tests were reserved for healthcare workers, first responders and the most severely ill. Hospitals have also in the last month started testing incoming patients ahead of elective surgeries or other procedures.
Health Partners will exand its community coronavirus testing to Kenton and Bryan on June 8; Toledo on June 15; and New Carlisle and Tiffin on June 15.