UPDATE 5/12/20 4:00 p.m. : According to Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond, for the first two days (Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14) the site will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. Upon becoming fully operational on Friday, May 15, the site will be open 8:00 a.m to 6 p.m. Anyone coming to the site without having an appointment scheduled via the Test Iowa website will be turned away. Those approved for testing are asked to bring the QR Code that is assigned from testiowa.com. Individuals being tested will be guided through the process by members of the Iowa National Guard, DHS employees, and volunteers. As a drive-through location, it will not be necessary to leave one’s vehicle.
Testing guidelines and some additional information have been released for the upcoming Test Iowa site in Ottumwa.
Governor Reynolds announced at her daily press conference that new Test Iowa site would be opening at the Beach Ottumwa parking lot on Wednesday, May 13. Wapello County Emergency Management has released some information regarding the testing criteria for the new site, which is nearly identical to the criteria for the other sites across the state.
The Ottumwa site will be drive-through like the other Test Iowa locations. According to the information released, individuals may be eligible for testing if they meet the following criteria:
- Being an essential worker
- Are experiencing symptoms
- Have been in contact with a person with the virus
- Have traveled to an area where the virus is widespread
Anyone looking to see if they qualify for testing is advised to visit testiowa.com and take the assessment. Additional information including hours of operation are expected to be released in the near future.