CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Several hundred COVID-19 tests and vaccinations were administered at a drive-thru clinic in the Kanawha-Charleston Department of Health (KCHD) on Wednesday, the health department said.
The KCHD confirmed on Wednesday evening that 351 tests had been administered, 202 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered and 47 flu shots had been administered at the event for people traveling during the holiday season.
Lines of vehicles stretched around the KCHD on Lee Street in Charleston and KCHD’s acting chief of health Dr Sherri Young told MetroNews that was a good thing.
“It’s great to see that the community is responding to their needs. They need to be tested, we know the numbers are increasing and we are here to serve, ”Young said.
KCHD staff partnered with those from the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Kanawha County Commission, City of Charleston, National Guard and QLABS for the clinic.
Young said she expects the number of COVID-19 cases to increase in the coming weeks with vacation travel, many returning to school and work and the arrival of the variant. omicron. The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) on Wednesday confirmed 9,478 active cases. This total is the highest since mid-October.
“We are seeing this trend everywhere, cases are increasing exponentially because of Christmas travel and holidays. We fully expect, with the positivity rate we have now, to have several new positive results from the tests we are doing today (Wednesday), ”Young said.
Vehicles in the drive-thru were lined up on three separate lines, including a vaccine tent, a test lane, and an “both” lane. Young said that with an increase in the county, including 125 active cases rising on Wednesday, she expects to do more drive-thru clinics in the future.
“It takes the strain off community clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms and emergency care. We want to do our part and get back into the community, ”she said.
Testing and vaccinations continue to take place Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the KCHD location at 108 Lee Street East, Charleston.
The clinic and offices will be closed on Friday and Monday, observing the New Year holidays.