Ottumwa Test Iowa Site Opens


Wapello County now has its very own Test Iowa Site, which opened on Wednesday.

The new site opened Wednesday at the Beach Ottumwa parking lot at 12:00 p.m. Thursday will see the site follow those same hours, while on Friday the site will be fully operational and have hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio was present at the noon press briefing. He stated that the new site was a good thing for the city of Ottumwa as it expanded testing in an area that has seen a recent spike in positive cases. He also told city residents to keep in mind that a negative test result one day doesn’t mean that one couldn’t be positive a few days later, as many people infected can be asymptomatic.

Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond stated that even with increased testing, people still need to follow safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks. He mentioned that Wapello County has been seeing more cases in younger adults than in the elderly like other counties. According to Richmond, the daily target for the Ottumwa site is around 320 per day, though that number is liable to change.

The Ottumwa site will be open Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will become fully operational on Friday, at which point the hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting next week the hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Ottumwa site, as well as all other Test Iowa sites in the state, will be operational until at least May 22.

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