More COVID-19 tests available for Clermont County nursing homes

BATAVIA (OH) – Clermont County Public Health received COVID-19 test kits to be used for nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Clermont County.

The test materials came from The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. They were part of a shipment that was sent to local health departments throughout Ohio.

While CCPH has the test materials, they do not provide testing for COVID-19. The testing kits are available for nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or other places where people are living together in a congregate setting including the Clermont County Jail.

“We know that testing is still limited in Ohio, but having these tests allow long-term care facilities and nursing homes to have better access to testing with a fast turnaround time,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

If a person is tested using these kits, the samples can be sent to the Ohio Department of Health lab in Columbus which provides results within 24 hours or they can be sent to any lab the facility has an agreement with.

“The quicker a test can be performed the sooner a person can be isolated if the test is positive,” said Nesbit.

Due to the limited testing availability statewide, the Ohio Department of Health has listed four priority groups for COVID-19 testing that healthcare providers should follow.

Priority 1

Priority 2

  Priority 2a

Priority 3

Individuals who are sick and think they may have COVID-19 should call their doctor to ask about getting tested.

For more information on COVID-19 click here.

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