Central District Health Department Receives COVID Tests for Public Use | Grand Island Local News

The Central District Health Department received more than 8,000 Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid tests through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for use by residents of Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties .

“The goal of using rapid, free and convenient testing is to control the spread of COVID-19,” according to a press release.

CDHD will distribute tests to participating schools, congregate care facilities and non-profit organizations. The public is invited to take six tests per household at the CDHD office, 1137 S. Locust St. in Grand Island.

When using one of these tests, there are two options. The first option is a guided telehealth session with a professional testing guide who will walk you through the process of testing and viewing the results. With this option, you will receive documented results that can be used for official purposes like travel or returning to school or work. The unguided option provides you with test results that are for personal use only and does not produce a result that can be used for travel, back to school/work, or other official purposes.

“The tests follow the largest surge of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, when thousands of people in the Central District were infected,” according to the press release. “The hope is that by distributing these tests and making the tests more available, people in our district will have more information about their health and can work to help keep others safe and healthy.”

Central District Health offers immunization clinics from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Thursday clinics continuing until 6 p.m.

Nomi Health also offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

For more information on any of these programs, contact CDHD at 308-385-5175 or log on to www.cdhd.ne.gov.

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