Health dept. partners with New River Health for second day of vulnerable population testing

MT. HOPE, WV (WOAY) – After a successful first day of vulnerable population testing, the Fayette County Health Department teamed up with New River Health to test 77 more people on Wednesday in Mt. Hope.

This time, they were set up at Kilsyth Freewill Baptist Church for the barrier and cost-free testing that was open to anyone.

This is part of the state’s initiative to give more access to minority groups and other vulnerable populations.

Coda Mountain Academy was also on the scene handing out free snacks to each person and family who came through.

On Tuesday, with the help of Mt. Hope Fire and EMS, the health department tested 73 people on its first day.

Health Department Administrator Teri Harlan says the key to testing 150 people in two days is teamwork and organization.

“You do have to be really organized and have a good system and make sure you’re putting the correct names on everything, getting the specimens where they need to go,” Harlan said. “And I think we’ve just worked really hard at making sure that’s organized and we’re keeping it all in order.”

The health department will be testing with New River Health tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. at Oak Hill High School. This will also be cost and barrier-free.

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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.