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Hy-Vee opens free COVID-19 test site at 30th and State

The Hy-Vee Drugstore near 30th and State streets is now offering free COVID-19 testing and you don’t need symptoms to schedule an appointment.Douglas County Board of Health President Chris Rodgers said more testing is “needed.””The more we continue to make testing available, it gives us better eyes so we’re not walking around blind,” he said. “The better we identify it, then we can go chase it and try to contain it.”According to a news release from Hy-Vee, to register for an appointment you need to go to www.doineedacovid19test.com/.After registering for a testing appointment, individuals will show up at the specified test site and show either a printed voucher or a voucher number on their phone, according to Hy-Vee.Hy-Vee pharmacy employees will then instruct the individual on how to self-administer the test and will provide supervision during the test.According to Hy-Vee, it’ll take three to five days to get results.Rodgers said Northa Omaha has “not been bad” in terms of coronavirus cases, but he said there are still areas of concern.”When we had the high rises caused by a lot of clusters in food processing and meatpacking, in addition to the Latino community in South Omaha, the Burmese/Asian population here in North Omaha was impacted heavily,” he said.The commissioner said in North Omaha, there are other underlying elements of health to think about.”If you look at North Omaha on the map, a lot of underlying issues: cardiovascular disease, diabetes heavily in this area,” he said. “I would say testing is more important because the underlying conditions could make COVID worse.”The Charles Drew Health Center is one of the places that offers free drive-up testing in the area. Their results take three to five days to come in.CEO Kenny McMorris said the positivity rate is improving.”However, when you look at proportionately of just minorities as a whole, we’re still not trending as well as I’d like us to trend,” he said.He said he’s all for expanded testing and timely results.”When we look at the pandemic, testing and the ability to know where you stand is one of the tools that we have in the toolbox,” he said. “The ability to get tests, to get timely respond and options for our families is so important.”

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OMAHA, Neb. —

The Hy-Vee Drugstore near 30th and State streets is now offering free COVID-19 testing and you don’t need symptoms to schedule an appointment.

Douglas County Board of Health President Chris Rodgers said more testing is “needed.”

“The more we continue to make testing available, it gives us better eyes so we’re not walking around blind,” he said. “The better we identify it, then we can go chase it and try to contain it.”

According to a news release from Hy-Vee, to register for an appointment you need to go to www.doineedacovid19test.com/.

After registering for a testing appointment, individuals will show up at the specified test site and show either a printed voucher or a voucher number on their phone, according to Hy-Vee.

Hy-Vee pharmacy employees will then instruct the individual on how to self-administer the test and will provide supervision during the test.

According to Hy-Vee, it’ll take three to five days to get results.

Rodgers said Northa Omaha has “not been bad” in terms of coronavirus cases, but he said there are still areas of concern.

“When we had the high rises caused by a lot of clusters in food processing and meatpacking, in addition to the Latino community in South Omaha, the Burmese/Asian population here in North Omaha was impacted heavily,” he said.

The commissioner said in North Omaha, there are other underlying elements of health to think about.

“If you look at North Omaha on the map, a lot of underlying issues: cardiovascular disease, diabetes heavily in this area,” he said. “I would say testing is more important because the underlying conditions could make COVID worse.”

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The Charles Drew Health Center is one of the places that offers free drive-up testing in the area. Their results take three to five days to come in.

CEO Kenny McMorris said the positivity rate is improving.

“However, when you look at proportionately of just minorities as a whole, we’re still not trending as well as I’d like us to trend,” he said.

He said he’s all for expanded testing and timely results.

“When we look at the pandemic, testing and the ability to know where you stand is one of the tools that we have in the toolbox,” he said. “The ability to get tests, to get timely respond and options for our families is so important.”

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