Today and for the next two Thursdays, weekly, free, drive-through, COVID-19 PCR testing is available at the Firehouse at the Ontario Municipal Airport (3288 SW 4th Ave, Ontario) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional scheduled dates are Thursdays, Feb. 24 and March 3.
COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to an infectious person is not required for this type of test, which is more accurate than a rapid antigen test for people who are not symptomatic. Rapid tests are still a good option for people with symptoms. PCR testing is not rapid, but turnaround time is expected to only be 36-48 hours.
Local case rates are decreasing in Malheur County, but are still very high, and test positivity rates have ranged between 18-38% in the last month. Best practice is to provide enough testing to keep the test positivity rate below 5%. These weekly testing events will help us reduce community transmission and relieve some of the tremendous burden on our health care providers to provide tests.
Please share the flyers in English and Spanish with your coworkers, family, and neighbors!