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Two dozen tested for virus so far at drive-through

Car-side tests done by appointment only

HENNEPIN — COVID-19 testing for Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties has drawn about two dozen people to the health department so far.

Hector Gomez, director of the health department, reported to Putnam County Board members at last week’s meeting that 25 people have been served through the drive-through testing.

“All the tests so far have been negative,” Gomez said. “But there were two new cases that have been diagnosed in that time.”

Gomez said one of the positive tests came from a man that works in the Chicago suburbs and so far it is believed the virus hasn’t extended deep into the counties served by the health department.

Gomez, in response to an inquiry by board member Charlie Lenkaitis, said to date, no one who has tested through the health department has returned for a retest.

Testing began at the Princeton office, 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway during the week of May 4. Testing is set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Priority for 10-15 tests per day at the Princeton drive-through will be given to Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County residents. Testing will conducted car-side and will be by appointment only.

Residents are asked to call 815-872-5091 to be screened by a public health nurse.

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