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Houston County and Coffee County health departments offer COVID testing

Two Wiregrass communities working to provide free testing
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 1:42 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -We get numerous calls each day about free testing in the Wiregrass. For those with symptoms or who qualify our local health departments are providing COVID tests twice a week.

Coffee County on Tuesdays and Houston County on Wednesdays, that’s where people can get tested from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Southeast District Administrator for the Department of Public Health, Corey Kirkland said, “We were anywhere from 15 to 20 here in Dothan and in Coffee County here in our testing site we did 70 yesterday in coffee and I think we’ll do at least that many in Dothan today.

The post holiday surge of cases is in full swing, and will most likely continue for some time due to new years eve.

Kirkland said, “But I think after that hopefully the numbers will go down.”

Area hospitals need an end to the surge as their beds are filling up.

“You know our hospitals have been struggling a lot lately with patients so we certainly hope that it does go down I think that will help the hospitals quite a bit,” he said.

Stay home, social distance, and if you’re waiting on your test result, quarantine. The health department is doing all they can to not only test but distribute vaccines as well, despite staff shortages.

Kirkland said, “We’re unfortunately not immune to shortages with staff we do have several throughout my counties that are either on quarantine or they’ve been positive so we’re of course following our own guidance.

Still committed to vaccinate and test as many as possible, while keeping the Wiregrass informed.

He said, “Each time we move to a new phase we certainly don’t want people to be overlooked so just keep up with our press releases our Facebook pages and we will certainly do our best to get the word out when that time comes.”

Kirkland recognizes there is a lot to know about the virus and encourages people to use the covid-19 resources on their website.

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