Central Shenandoah Health District closes COVID-19 test clinics due to reduced need
Central Shenandoah Health District closes COVID-19 test clinics due to reduced need

Central Shenandoah Health District closes COVID-19 test clinics due to reduced need

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is scaling down its COVID-19 test clinics around the valley, including some that have been in operation since the pandemic began.

“Last week was our last test at the Augusta County Government Center every day, so we’re finishing it,” said Jordi Shelton, with CSHD. “We’re also finishing our test at Hillandale Park this week, so our last test clinic will actually be Thursday morning. We just can not see the demand for testing as we were earlier this year.”

The health district continues to try to reach people in rural areas with its mobile vaccine clinics. In February became CSHD partnered with Dollar General places around the valley, which will continue until March.

Shelton said the turnout of clinics at Dollar General locations varies from clinic to clinic, but overall it has been a success.

“I was on canvas [Monday] and people were really excited that there should be a vaccine clinic where they are and they do not have to drive 20.30 minutes out of the way to get a vaccination, so I think it’s a win, ”Shelton said. “We will continue to look for opportunities to provide vaccinations to people in our community where they already are.”

While COVID-19 cases are declining throughout the health district, Shelton points out that all sites also experience high levels of transmissibility.

“COVID-19 is still present and spreading easily, even though cases are falling,” Shelton said. “It simply came to our notice then. Stay home if you are sick and get tested as soon as you can. ”

For more information on Central Shenandoah Health District Community Vaccine Clinics, click here here.

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