Lima sees new pop-up testing sites


By Mackenzi Klemann - [email protected]



A free pop-up testing site at the corner of Cole and Allentown Road is partnering with a Chicago lab to provide rapid and PCR testing in Lima. The site may help alleviate crowding at Lima urgent cares and emergency departments due to unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing.

A free pop-up testing site at the corner of Cole and Allentown Road is partnering with a Chicago lab to provide rapid and PCR testing in Lima. The site may help alleviate crowding at Lima urgent cares and emergency departments due to unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing.


LIMA — A new pop-up coronavirus testing site on the corner of Cole and Allentown Road is offering free rapid and PCR tests, as record demand for COVID-19 testing has led to a shortage of at-home rapid tests and longer wait times in urgent cares and emergency departments.

The testing site, operated by Free COVID Test USA, is working with APG Labs and Northshore Clinical Labs in Chicago to process PCR and rapid test results. It is one of many new pop-up testing sites that have appeared in Ohio since the omicron variant of coronavirus caused record-high infections.

The site may alleviate demand seen in Lima emergency departments and urgent cares, which are seeing record numbers of patients.

The Ohio Department of Health is processing a backlog of positive test results due to the unprecedented increase in COVID-19 testing performed in recent weeks, which led to inflated daily coronavirus case rates on Friday and Saturday as the state cleared previously unreported results.

Those results show Ohio has recorded at least 270,000 new infections since the start of the new year, while Allen County has seen at least 2,600 cases in the last 15 days.

The Ohio Department of Health has been distributing at-home rapid tests to libraries, health departments and schools to make the tests more readily available to the public, but demand for rapid tests is so high that the supplies are quickly depleted.

Ohio has delivered upward of 5.6 million rapid testing kits thus far—1.4 million in December alone. Another 1.2 million tests were ordered for January, although the Ohio Department of Health was waiting on the bulk of that shipment to arrive as of last week.

Demand for coronavirus rapid tests is unprecedented as Ohio processes an average of 94,000 tests per day.

While that demand has led to concerns about potentially fake COVID-19 testing sites, rapid tests and related scams, there have been no complaints about fraudulent testing sites or scams reported to Allen County Public Health thus far.

The pop-up site at Cole and Allentown is certified through a Chicago lab and has registered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which tracks clinical laboratories.

“It is a legitimate site,” said Brandon Fischer, Allen County health commissioner. “We just ask that people be cautious with sites that do pop-up (testing), so we can do an evaluation of what’s out there.”

A free pop-up testing site at the corner of Cole and Allentown Road is partnering with a Chicago lab to provide rapid and PCR testing in Lima. The site may help alleviate crowding at Lima urgent cares and emergency departments due to unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_CJO_5639-2-.jpgA free pop-up testing site at the corner of Cole and Allentown Road is partnering with a Chicago lab to provide rapid and PCR testing in Lima. The site may help alleviate crowding at Lima urgent cares and emergency departments due to unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing.

By Mackenzi Klemann

[email protected]

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