Thanks to help from National Guard soldiers and Park County Public Health, Cody Regional Health is offering free COVID testing Monday and Thursday afternoons.
Testing, which opens Thursday, is by appointment only, 1-5 p.m. To make an appointment, call (307) 578-2425. After setting up an appointment, people will be told where to go to receive the test.
In a Facebook post announcing the new testing, the hospital said test results will be available in roughly 15 minutes at the time of the visit. Park County Public Health will contact people who test positive with instructions.
These tests are not accepted for airline travel or for students needing to return to school.
The school recently received its own tests and, Last week, interim superintendent Tim Foley told Cody School Board trustees they were highly accurate tests. He said unless the hospital offered tests at the same level of accuracy, schools would default to requiring school their tests to be able to return early from quarantine.
People experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
Over the last 14 days, 9.6% of tests in Park County have come back positive. That’s out of 1,243 total tests taken over that period.
There are 264 active lab-confirmed and probable COVID cases among Park County residents as of Tuesday.
At Cody Regional Health, nine people were hospitalized for COVID as of Tuesday, with another eight at Powell Valley Healthcare. Neither hospital had any open ICU beds.
Since the pandemic began, 48 county residents have died after contracting COVID.