Allentown Prepares to Test More People for Coronavirus

Written by on March 13, 2020

Allentown Prepares to Test More People for Coronavirus

By Tyler Pratt

March 13, 2020

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020, photo, health investigator Mackenzie Bray sits in her office at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Bray normally works to track contacts for people with sexually transmitted diseases, but she was re-assigned during the coronavirus pandemic. She is now one of 130 people at this county health department assigned to track down COVID-19 cases in Utah’s urban center around Salt Lake City. The investigators, many of them nurses, each juggle 30 to 40 cases that can include a total of several hundred people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Allentown doesn’t currently have a case of COVID-19, but health officials there say they’ve already tested a few individuals — and all came back negative

WLVR’s Tyler Pratt has more on what residents should do if they’re feeling ill and think they need a test.

The state now has more commercial testing sites available than it did last week, but Allentown Health Bureau Director Vicky Kistler says that doesn’t mean more people should try to get tested.

“If someone has a minor sneeze or what they have as a seasonal allergy it isn’t important to run off and get a test,” said Kistler.

Kistler says some urgent care centers now offer testing, but a doctor’s referral is still needed to get a test from a lab. 

“You need to get tested if you have the symptoms of a lower respiratory disease which is a deep cough, a possible shortness of breath, it is a fever above 100.4. Those are individuals who are candidates for testing,” said Kistler.

The CDC and many other health officials recommend that if you suspect you are sick, call a doctor’s office first before showing up.

For a full list of our reports and resources, visit WLVR.org/health.


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