The free rapid COVID-19 testing clinic continues this week through Friday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homer Public Health Center on East Bunnell Avenue.
The clinic is hosted by Capstone Clinic, a certified contractor of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, which will use Cue COVID-19 molecular tests to provide rapid results within 30 minutes to an hour of testing. Results will be available at COVIDsecureapp.com. Participants must register with COVID Secure App before arriving.
No appointments are necessary for the drive-up testing event. Upon arrival, everyone is asked to stay in their vehicle and a test administrator will come to the car.
Lorne Carroll, Alaska Public Health Nurse III, said the pop-up clinic was needed because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.
“Increased testing is a key public health intervention. This is true in almost any case, but it is particularly impactful when average daily test positivity is over 5%. Currently, that average for Alaska is over 18% which is the highest we’ve experienced during the pandemic,” Carroll wrote in an email to Homer News. “It also means more demand and stress on an already stressed healthcare system, so timing this popup testing at what might be near the peak of this 4th wave is key for managing limited resources.”
During last week’s rapid testing clinic, 168 samples were collected with 38 testing positive for COVID-19.
Carroll stressed how important it is to get tested not only for yourself but for others around you. If you do receive a positive result, Carroll says to “take care of your health, call your provider to discuss treatment options, call your contacts, isolate for 5 days, and hope you feel better soon!”
The Homer Public Health Center is located at 195 East Bunnell Ave., across from Two Sisters Bakery.