COVID-19 test sites sees overwhelming volume of interest

MEDFORD, Ore. – With more people out traveling health care officials are urging people to get tested if you show any signs of COVID-19.

Organizations like Valley Immediate Care are not only seeing a surge of people testing during the holiday season but an increase of positive tests. The medical director of Valley Immediate Care said they’re booking 5 days in advance for testing.

“Having to wait a couple of days is not ideal for the patient, for the community, or us; because we want to serve people as immediately as we can,” said Dr. Mona McArdle.

By using rapid tests patients know within 15 minutes if they’re carrying the virus.  Valley Immediate Care has six COVID-19 testing sites across the Rogue Valley.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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