It didn’t take long for 300 people to line up for a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic Sunday in South Omaha.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers and Omaha police officers monitored the event at the OneWorld Community Health Center, 4910 S. 30th St. The testing began at 10 a.m., and officers began notifying people about 11 a.m. that all 300 testing spots had been filled.
The clinic was a tremendous success but we are out of test kits - the Health Department and National Guard will return to OneWorld on Monday for more testing. #SundayMorning #NECOVID19. @NEDHHS @UNMC_DrKhan @OmahaPolice pic.twitter.com/hCIJYzM531— DouglasCoHealthDept (@HealthDouglasCo) May 17, 2020
“This is a major step in the process of getting COVID-19 under control,” Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said. “More testing has been needed, and we are making a major effort to meet that need.”
The Douglas County Health Department and the Nebraska National Guard administered the free tests for people who are symptomatic or who work in meatpacking plants. Another drive-thru clinic will be held at the same location starting Monday at 10 a.m.
“It went really well today,” said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the County Health Department. “The community was extremely grateful and very cooperative.”
Testing on Monday will again be restricted to people who are symptomatic or who work in meatpacking plants. Rooney said the Health Department is working to make more than 300 tests available.
Those seeking to be tested are urged to take a Public Health Solutions survey in English or Spanish at www.phsneb.org before arriving on site for testing. The link will not be active until after 8 a.m. Monday, Rooney said.
An assessor will be on-site and can assist those that cannot complete the survey ahead of time.