Additional COVID-19 testing dates announced

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

McCOOK, Neb. -- With the Community Risk Dial in the Red, health officials are asking residents to stay at home whenever possible. In the case of essential errands, residents are asked to wear a mask or face covering.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health District had 303 new cases of COVID-19 Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 at noon. That includes Chase 24, Dundy 7, Frontier 16, Furnas 39, Hayes 6, Hitchcock 21, Keith 71, Perkins 22, Red Willow 97.

There is community spread in all nine counties including several related to direct contact in the workplace. This brings the totals for the health district to 2,037 with 1622 cases recovered.

Additional free COVID-19 testing dates have been announced through January.

Testing is for Nebraska residents who are showing symptoms, have been exposed, or are being cautious.

This testing is conducted by Community Hospital and Mark’s Pharmacy staff on behalf of Test Nebraska.

Tricia Wagner of Community Hospital notes that it’s important for testing patients to stay isolated at home until test results are available.

“If results are negative, there is no more need for isolation, but if they are positive they will need to quarantine for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms,” she said.

All results will come from Test Nebraska via text or email.

Drive-through testing will be done at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds:

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8-10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 7, 1 - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 8-10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 8-1o a.m.

Monday, Dec. 21, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 8-10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 28, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 8-10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 8-10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8-10 a.m.

Nebraska residents can make an appointment for testing at

Registration is only available 7 days prior to the testing event. If appointment times are unavailable online or you are unable to access the online portal, please arrive at the testing site during the testing to be registered.

Other sites:

In addition, the Southwest Public Health Department has announced testing is available 7-9 a.m. at the Emergency Management Building in Imperial, staffed by Chase Community Hospital.

Dundy County Hospital is finalizing its testing process and will announce dates and a location soon. More information is available at

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