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SCIOTO COUNTY, OH (WOWK) — People can now get tested for the coronavirus at a pop-up testing site in Portsmouth. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The pop-up testing site was announced during one of Governor Mike DeWine’s press conferences last week.

Folks can head to the Compass Community Health Center located at 1634 11th Street in Portsmouth and can either walk up or drive-thru to get a test.

Testing is available to anyone wanting a test, regardless of whether they have a fever or are symptomatic. The testing is being ran by Compass in conjunction with the Ohio National Guard Medical Corps.

The nasal swabs will test for active COVID-19, not antibodies, and Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Larry Mullins says results should be available in 48 hours.

The nasal swabs will be sent to LABCORPS.

“It’s an opportunity for folks who were not able to get testing before to get tested,” Mullins said.

Mullins says more than 40 tests were performed in the first 15 minutes the site opened.

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