Coronavirus

DES MOINES — Today, the Office of Governor Kim Reynolds announced new Test Iowa locations will open next week in Marshalltown, Sioux Center, and Council Bluffs.

The schedule can be found on coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Governor Reynolds said Friday that testing through Test Iowa locations were just “one of the tools in the toolbox,” for individuals to get tested, saying local hospitals and clinics and other locations — like Rex Pharmacy in Atlantic — can also do testing.

At Rex Pharmacy, those interested in getting tested need to start online by logging onto DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. They will go through a survey to determine if they need the test, and if so, be directed to print out a voucher and receive an appointment time to go to Rex Pharmacy. Testing will be done through the end of May on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Testing criteria now allows any Iowan to be tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus. To be tested, Iowans must first complete an assessment at www.testiowa.com and schedule an appointment at a test site.

Test Iowa’s mobile testing model makes it possible to quickly operationalize a temporary test site in a community where virus activity is increasing or access to testing is limited. Testing is rapidly scaled up to identify positive cases, conduct contact tracing, and determine scope of the virus in the community. Over time when test volume decreases, sites are moved to other communities where there is a need.

The Test Iowa site currently in Sioux City will close when testing concludes at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The site opened on May 4. Testing remains in Sioux City through local health care providers as well as the new Test Iowa Site in Sioux Center.

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