Access to COVID-19 testing gets difficult around the Miami Valley – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio – Community News
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Access to COVID-19 testing gets difficult around the Miami Valley – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

MIAMI VALLEY — As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the state of Ohio, more people are seeking to get tested.

Due to increased demand, some people are having trouble finding COVID-19 tests.

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Dayton Public Library says they have seen increased demand for COVID-19 rapid tests and are struggling to keep up with them.

Claudine Bennett, the Dayton Metro Library’s external relations manager, said they can’t keep the home tests in stock as new variants appear and people start to travel more during the holiday season.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all 18 branches of the Dayton Metro Library were completely out of rapid home testing.

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“We’re giving them away as soon as they arrive at our facilities,” Bennett said.

Not only do people find it difficult to access rapid tests, some employers require their employees to go to a testing site or see a doctor instead of using the home tests.

Sophia Walker works in human resources. She told News Center 7’s Candace Price that they don’t accept home tests where she works because they don’t know if they’re 100 percent accurate.

WHIO-TV checked online with CVS and Walgreens before noon Tuesday, and the earliest available appointment for a PCR test in Dayton was Wednesday morning.

Hospital-run COVID-19 testing sites in Dayton typically require a doctor’s referral and appointment.

A Kettering Health spokesperson told News Center 7’s Candace Price that if someone tries to schedule later in the day, they will have to wait for an appointment the next day.

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In an emailed statement, Warren County Health District said: “In Warren County, we are seeing increased demand for testing due to increased exposure to Covid. We do our best to test in a timely manner for those who are symptomatic.”

Meanwhile, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County says they no longer offer COVID-19 testing, but that could change if demand continues to increase.