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Community COVID testing center to close in Jamestown in December

The testing center is located at the Jamestown Civic Center.

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JAMESTOWN — Central Valley Health District announced Wednesday that it will be closing the community COVID testing center located at the Jamestown Civic Center. The last testing day will be Dec. 29.

CVHD began providing COVID testing in June 2020 with a drive-thru event at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Since that time, CVHD has completed nearly 20,000 COVID tests in the community.

“During the height of COVID, we were very busy with COVID testing,” said Robin Iszler, unit administrator, CVHD. “One of our busiest days was our first-ever drive-thru event where nearly 500 tests were completed in 4 hours.”

Iszler said COVID test kits will still be available for free at various locations in the community including CVHD and all local pharmacies. CVHD will provide free test kits to any businesses, families or schools that are interested in having test kits on hand and encourages anyone to stop by the CVHD office to pick up a free kit. The test kits are easy to use and produce results in 15 minutes.

Those who require testing for travel should reach out to their medical provider, or research online for other testing options. Rapid PCR tests are also available at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy for a fee.

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“We would like to thank the community, local providers, North Dakota National Guard, State Health Department, and especially the city of Jamestown and the Civic Center staff for the support they have provided over the past two years," Iszler said. "We could not have done the work in our community without the support of our partners.”

Anyone with questions or concerns about the change is asked to call Central Valley Health at 252-8130.

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