Allegan County offers community testing events as COVID-19 cases double

Posted at 6:02 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:02:30-04

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Allegan County Health Department is offering free community testing events as the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled over the past two weeks.

Forty percent of the county’s cases over the past two weeks have an unknown source of infection, leading officials to believe community spread is occurring, a news release said Thursday.

Tests will be available regardless of age or symptoms.

However, individuals under 18 will need parent or guardian consent, and children under 5 may be turned away.

“About 1 in 5 Allegan County COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms yet they test positive,” health officer Angelique Joynes said. “If you’ve been out and about within the community – either going to work or attending social gatherings – it would be a good idea to get tested. This can help avoid unintentionally spreading the illness to someone you care about.”

The testing events will be on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Allegan County Transportation Building, which is located at 750 Airway Drive.

  • Oct. 24
  • Nov. 7 and 21
  • Dec. 5 and 19