Tuscarawas County has shortage of Covid tests

Tuscarawas County has shortage of Covid tests

Like much of Ohio, Tuscarawas County is experiencing an extreme shortage in COVID-19 testing resources. The Tuscarawas County Health Department does offer PCR and LumiraDX rapid testing by appointment only and can conduct approximately 500 tests per week. However, they are almost completely booked through the rest of this week with requests continuing to pour in. TCHD is closed this Friday, Dec. 31 due to the holiday.

The TCHD testing clinic has been recording positivity rates from 45-55% for the last several weeks. Locally, most supplies of rapid at-home test kits have been exhausted. TCHD has placed an order with the Ohio Department of Health for more at-home tests, but they do not yet know when ODH will have enough test kits to fulfill the order.

"We are strongly recommending that Tuscarawas County residents stay home if they are sick, even if the symptoms seem minor, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19," advised Katie Seward, Tuscarawas County health commissioner. "For residents who may have extra at-home COVID-19 tests, please consider delivering test kits you do not need to the doorsteps of friends and family members who currently have symptoms. Additionally, we recommend wearing masks while in public places, washing hands often, distancing whenever possible, maintaining well-ventilated spaces, and avoiding crowds. Following these safety steps will help us protect our Tuscarawas County friends and neighbors so that we may all enjoy a healthier start to the New Year."