BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — As positive COVID-19 numbers continue to trend upwards across the country, Wood County residents had the chance to get a free test Tuesday.
From 10 a.m until 3 p.m., car after car lined up outside of the Wood County Health Department for a pop-up COVID-19 testing event.
The majority of those who participated scheduled an appointment.
People didn't to show any symptoms or live in Wood County to get a test.
The event was in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, whose members did the majority of sample collections.
The samples will be sent off to Quest Diagnostics, and the results are expected within four to five days. Participants who were tested will also be able to view their own results online.
Organizers with Wood County said that as coronavirus numbers are trending back upwards across the country, the goal of this testing drive is to help minimize the impact of the virus within this local community.
"Because we are a division in the health department, we're a federally qualified health care center. And we're really here to serve the under-served population. And I know that we're just trying to make sure that we have access to tests and so we really just did all this to make sure that there was access," CEO of the Wood County Community Health Center Diane Krill said.
Leaders with the health department said that if there is enough demand, they will begin planning for another drive next month.