The Pacific County Health Department will begin drive-through coronavirus testing for priority groups like healthcare and public safety workers. A press release explained that as of March 31st, Health Care Providers have tested 55 individuals for COVID-19 in Pacific County. Out of the 55 tests, no one has screened positive.

The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department has been working diligently to compile this information and will begin reporting total numbers of tests conducted (including positive results), on their website at least weekly at (www.pacificcountyhealthdepartment.com) and on the Health Department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pacificcountypublichealthhumanservices/).

Pacific County has acquired a limited number of COVID-19 testing supplies and would like to offer testing to symptomatic priority groups (outlined below).

Symptomatic Healthcare workers (Includes all staff, such as kitchen staff, maintenance, etc., who work in healthcare facilities including long term care and assisted facilities. This also includes home health care workers).

Symptomatic Public Safety workers (Includes law enforcement, corrections officers, fire fighters and EMS workers).

Symptomatic Pharmacy and Grocery Store workers.

Appointments for those meeting the criteria of a symptomatic priority group (outlined above) can be made by calling the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center at 360-875-9407 or 360-642-9407, beginning on April 1st, 2020 (8:00-4:00pm) and April 2nd, 2020 (8:00am-4:00pm).

Drive through Testing will occur on April 2, 2020 (Long Beach) and April 3, 2020 (South Bend). Testing location and appointment time will be given once screening is complete. Depending on circumstances and directions from federal, state and/or local health officials, these priorities may be adjusted.