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Counties conduct coronavirus testing

Health workers test residents for the coronavirus on Tuesday morning at Sunridge Fire Station 12 in Indian Hills.
Kurt Hildebrand

More community-based coronavirus testing is scheduled for 8-11 a.m. Tuesday at Carson High School where around 400 tests will be available for residents of Carson, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

Testing is being done on a first-come first-serve basis without appointments or reservations. The tests only show if someone has the virus, not whether they’ve previously had the disease.

Alpine County residents are being encouraged to turn out and be tested for the coronavirus 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

“We need as many people as possible to get tested to help us move as rapidly as possible toward reopening Alpine County,” Public Health Officer Richard Johnson said on Tuesday.

Testing will be conducted at the Health and Human Services parking lot in Woodfords.

While residents are encouraged to register online, testing will be available for those who don’t. Those who register at http://www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 won’t need to leave their vehicles.

Anyone 18 years and older may participate in the testing, which will also take place in Bear Valley on June 8 and Kirkwood on June 11.

Alpine County workers and their families who live outside the county are eligible, as are seasonal workers who have permanent residences in other jurisdictions.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 530-694-1011.

Like shoppers at a garage sale, residents seeking coronavirus testing were lined up at Sunridge Fire Station 12 well before the official 8 a.m. opening.

Around 200 tests were available for residents of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, who turned up at the fire station located near the Carson-Douglas line.

No appointments were required, and participants had to fill out a simple form. The entire process took less than five minutes.

Results of the nasal swabs will be available in three to five days. The testing was only for those who have symptoms. Antivirus testing requires a blood draw.

As of Tuesday night, there were seven active Douglas County coronavirus cases, four of which have been announced in the past week. Of Douglas County’s 32 cases, 14 were residents of the Minden-Johnson Lane ZIP Code. There have been five Gardnerville cases, four Indian Hills cases and three Gardnerville Ranchos cases. Two cases each were located in Genoa, Zephyr Cove and Stateline.

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at (775) 283-4789.

The offices of the assessor, clerk-treasurer and recorder Located in the historic Minden courthouse are scheduled to re-open to the public on June 10.

Due to limited space, the clerk’s office is asking residents to call 775-782-9014 for an appointment.