RED BLUFF — A journey workforce for COVID-19 testing could also be a actuality inside the subsequent few weeks.
In her weekly replace to the board of supervisors Tuesday concerning COVID-19 numbers within the county, Tehama County Well being Companies Company Govt Director Val Lucero stated the testing would enable extra places moreover the Purple Bluff Neighborhood Heart, the place OptumServe might be testing via the tip of 2020.
“We’re engaged on an alternate testing technique that features a journey workforce,” Lucero stated. “This could enable testing at faculties, work locations or any website we have to. It will give us the power to go to locations like Corning and different communities.”
Whereas walk-ins had been beforehand accepted throughout the interval when numbers had been gradual and slots had been open, the Purple Bluff location has been seeing a excessive quantity and filling all slots on some days, which suggests walk-ins are usually not accessible, Lucero stated. Testing is often Monday via Friday. Resulting from a closure for Veterans Day on Wednesday, the location might be open Saturday, Nov. 14.
Lucero stated social gatherings proceed to be the No. 1 supply of transmission with some being traced again to Halloween events. Neighborhood unfold was the second highest trigger, adopted by work locations.
The county returned to essentially the most restrictive, purple, tier on Oct. 6. The county’s case fee and positivity should be within the crimson tier for 2 consecutive weeks earlier than the county is eligible to maneuver again to that much less restrictive tier, Lucero stated.
“We’re not even shut (to transferring tiers),” Lucero stated.
Some individuals testing constructive are usually not cooperating within the contract tracing, with worry of getting somebody in hassle as one of many causes given, Lucero stated.