RED BLUFF — A travel team for COVID-19 testing may be a reality within the next few weeks.
In her weekly update to the board of supervisors Tuesday regarding COVID-19 numbers in the county, Tehama County Health Services Agency Executive Director Val Lucero said the testing would allow additional locations besides the Red Bluff Community Center, where OptumServe will be testing through the end of 2020.
“We are working on an alternative testing method that includes a travel team,” Lucero said. “This would allow testing at schools, work places or any site we need to. It would give us the ability to go to places like Corning and other communities.”
While walk-ins were previously accepted during the period when numbers were slow and slots were open, the Red Bluff location has been seeing a high volume and filling all slots on some days, which means walk-ins are not available, Lucero said. Testing is typically Monday through Friday. Due to a closure for Veterans Day on Wednesday, the site will be open Saturday, Nov. 14.
Lucero said social gatherings continue to be the No. 1 source of transmission with some being traced back to Halloween parties. Community spread was the second highest cause, followed by work places.
The county returned to the most restrictive, purple, tier on Oct. 6. The county’s case rate and positivity need to be in the red tier for two consecutive weeks before the county is eligible to move back to that less restrictive tier, Lucero said.
“We’re not even close (to moving tiers),” Lucero said.
Some people testing positive are not cooperating in the contract tracing, with fear of getting someone in trouble as one of the reasons given, Lucero said.