Latest coronavirus testing location now open in Butler County: Where to get tested

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This pop up coronavirus testing site Thursday, July 23 is at the corner of Dixie Highway and Symmes Road.

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Thousands of Ohioans are tested daily for the novel coronavirus, and last week the state dipped below the World Health Organization’s “too high” threshold for the percentage of positive cases.

Health experts say more testing is encouraged, and Premier Health and CompuNet Clinical Laboratories have opened multiple COVID-19 testing sites throughout the region, including in Middletown, according to the hospital system.

There are pockets of Butler County that are higher risk areas, such as in the Middletown, Trenton, Fairfield and Hamilton communities, to contract the virus, according to the state health department.

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Premier Health will offer the polymerase chain reaction test, or PCR, which is how medical professionals test for the coronavirus.

Atrium Medical Center, at One Medical Center Drive in Middletown, has a drive drive-thru location at the Behavioral Health Unit canopy. The location is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. An appointment is required by registering at .www.premierhealth.com.

“Testing is essential to our region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “Premier Health and CompuNet Clinical Laboratories are committed to providing broad access to PCR testing to the communities that we serve so that the essential activities of daily life can continue as safely as possible.”

More than 400,000 Ohioans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus between Aug. 1 and Aug. 19, and Ohio’s seven-day rolling positivity rate average was 4 percent.

It’s uncertain how many in Butler County have been tested, according to the county’s General Health District.

“Public Health only receives case information from individuals that are positive,” said health district spokeswoman Erin Smiley. “Reporting cumulative testing numbers are not required to be sent to Public Health.”

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The WHO advised governments their rates of positive COVID-19 tests should remain at or below 5 percent for at least 14 days. Anything above the 5 percent threshold is deemed “too high,” according to John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Ohio’s seven-day rolling average dropped below 5 percent on Aug. 13. The state’s rolling seven-day average was last under 5 percent in late June.

Anyone who had COVID-19 can also be tested for antibodies, which is a blood test. The antibodies developed in those who were previously infected with the novel coronavirus can help in the research of the virus, which has no vaccine but trial tests are underway. In Butler County, Primary Health Solutions and LabCrop are offering antibody tests, Smiley said. Appointments can be made at www.labcorp.com/labs-and-appointments.


COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

There are several community resources people can contact about COVID-19 testing and information.

Testing locations

  • CVS, 1115 High St., Hamilton; call 513-545-1111 for information; Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Hillside Plaza, 9363 Allen Road, Suite B, West Chester Twp.; call 844-261-9529 for hours

Community Health Centers

  • Hamilton West Health Center, 903 NW Washington Blvd, Suite A, Hamilton; call 513-737-6900 for hours
  • Oxford Community Health Center, 10 N. Locust St., Oxford; call 513-454-1111 for hours
  • Primary Health Solutions mobile unit, 210 S. Second St., Hamilton; call 513-454-1460 for hours
  • Hamilton Community Health Center, 210 S. Second St., Hamilton; call 513-892-1888, ext. 6010 for hours
  • Centerpoint Health Administrative Site, 4220 Grand Ave., Suite B, Middletown; call 513-318-1188 for hours
  • Middletown Community Health Center, 930 Ninth Ave., Middletown; call 513-454-1111 for hours
  • Fairfield School-based Health Center, 211 Donald Drive, Fairfield, call 513-454-1111 for hours
  • Middletown Community Health Center, 1036 S. Verity Parkway, Middletown; call 513-425-8330 for hours
  • Primary Health Solutions-Administration Building, 300 High St., 4th floor, Hamilton; call 513-545-1111 for hours
  • Hamilton School-based Health Center, 250 N. Fair Ave., Hamilton; call 513-545-1111 for hours
  • Centerpoint Health Middletown, 231 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown; call 513-318-1188 for hours
  • Middletown School-based Health Center, 601 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown; call 513-545-1111 for hours

Source: Ohio Department of Health

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