Fayette County finishes their week of vulnerable population testing with a total of 315 tests performed

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County wrapped up their week of providing cost-free and barrier-free testing on Thursday.

The health department, in partnership with New River Health, finished at Oak Hill High School where they tested 165 people.

That makes the total for the week round out at 315.

This what part of the governor’s initiative to provide access to vulnerable populations and minority groups by leaving it completely open and free.

Fayette County Health Department Administrator Teri Harlan says working with their partners this week has allowed them to do the mass testing without any personnel assistance from the state.

“You know, we’ve already developed all these relationships and partnerships with people, so we wanted to take the lead on this instead of the state and the National Guard coming in and doing that and so we did and we’re doing it and we feel like we’re doing it well,” Harlan said. “So we hope that there are some great lessons to be learned from what we’re doing here.”

New River Health will begin testing next week from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the old Kmart building in Oak Hill. No symptoms required, but you are encouraged to bring your insurance card. For those without insurance it will be charged to Medicaid.

The health department has more community testing plans in the works.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.