BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A new coronavirus testing lab has been set up inside the Butte County Public Health Department, it has the ability to test up to 40 samples a day.
This was the lab's first week of processing coronavirus tests.
They do not physically test any patients at the location. Local health care providers and hospitals will test people and send the specimens to the lab.
The test samples go through several stages, then go into a machine that will show if they’re positive or negative.
“Our duty is to serve the community and so that’s what our goal is every day,” Regina Bertolucci, Supervising Public Health Microbiologist said. “COVID-19 is a pandemic that is important to everyone. It’s important for us to help.”
When a health care provider or hospital sends a sample for testing they will be able to get the results within a few hours. Bertolucci said having another testing facility will help health officials better understand the coronavirus infection rate in Butte County.
The lab was funded by a $250,000 donation from North Valley Community Foundation.
Another new state-run testing site is opening up at the Red Bluff Community Center and will open on May 5. The Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and Shasta College in Redding are also receiving new testing sites - It’s part of California’s initiative to open up 80 new testing sites.
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