The Malheur County COVID-19 Taskforce is offering free COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet specific criteria at three testing sites in August in Ontario, Nyssa, and Vale. The events will conclude twelve testing sites coordinated by the Taskforce. Results from testing were increasingly delayed in June and July and the Taskforce will now send specimens to the Oregon State Public Health Lab and expect a turnaround of five to seven days.
Testing Site Opportunities
- Ontario: Wednesday, August 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Malheur County Fairgrounds 795 NW 9th St, Ontario
- Nyssa: Wednesday, August 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- LDS Church 1309 Park Ave, Nyssa
- Vale: Wednesday, August 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- LDS Church 135 Yakima St. S., Vale
Testing at the Malheur Drive-Up Testing Sites is only for individuals who live or work in Malheur County. A person qualifies for testing if they have symptoms or if they identify as part of a group disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Without symptoms, but part of following groups:
- Close contacts of a person with COVID-19
- People exposed to COVID-19 in congregate setting
- Migrant/seasonal agricultural workers upon arrival in Oregon
- People who identify as Black, African-American, Latino, Latina, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander
- People who identify as having a disability
- People whose first language is not English
- First Responders
This testing option is not meant to replace or eliminate other testing offered by local healthcare providers. The goal is to supplement those options in order to ease some of the pressure on the existing system and make the process more accessible to the public. People still should contact their medical provider for guidance and assessment if they have symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. For medical emergencies, they should call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.
Upon arrival at the testing site, individuals will be required to remain in their vehicles at all times. Each driver should drive cautiously and follow traffic directions. You will be required to complete a screening form, which includes where you live and work, high risk factors, and a release of liability. All forms and service available in English and Spanish. A walk-up option will be available and marked for individuals without transportation.
Personnel in full medical protective gear will use a swab to obtain the necessary sample from the individual’s nose. If you do not meet the testing criteria, you will be diverted back to your residence to monitor symptoms and contact your local healthcare provider.
Additional information on COVID-19 and the testing sites is available by calling the Malheur County Health Department at 541-889-7279.