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A number of people have been working to acquire COVID-19 testing
in Newberry Springs. Since March, testing has been done in the major population
areas of the county, repeatedly, however, the rural areas have been neglected.
The Newberry Springs Property Owners Association has been busy
soliciting the county's Health Department for testing, Kathy at The Barn (a nurse)
has also been active. Since being recently contacted by the Health Department,
the Senior Center folks have been busy working with the county to host the event
at their Center.
Even I have made numerous telephone calls speaking with officials
to the point of a couple of weeks ago threatening to call out the L.A. TV media as
to why rural areas can not get tested.
To be blunt, we have been intentionally discriminated against
because it is politically about numbers. The county doesn't want to send
teams out to rural areas and spend a day of transportation and testing for only
a few tests. For cost-effectiveness, the county wants a minimum of 300 tests
a day from a team.
It is not just about the county's medical testers. The county
will be sending out a separate company that will disinfect the Community Center
so the testing is a complicated and an expensive ordeal to organize.
I wanted the tests to be done at the CSD's Community Center
during a commodities exchange. We would have at least 150 people attending
for food and this would comprise of a group that (for the majority) would not be
tested otherwise. Unfortunately, another date was selected.
The county approached the Senior Center as the Health Department
has held vaccination and other events there in the past.
The county's normal procedure is to have everyone preregister
for the test online. A major reason for this is to eliminate time-consuming
paperwork and to minimize exposure of their personnel at a test site. Also,
the county tries to acquire medical insurance information online so that it might
acquire reimbursement and set appointment time slots. At test sites,
insurance information detail is often not available.
I have argued with the health officials that preregistration
would not work in Newberry as most residents don't have insurance, many don't
have Internet access, and that due to transportation problems, some would have
a problem attending during a preset time slot. I requested modifications to
accommodate Newberry's realities.
The county has been very kind and understanding and has resolved
all of these problems by eliminating them for Newberry.
While acquiring the testing has been a collaborative journey by
many, it is disappointing that other community members have recently posted false
and misleading information on social media.
I don't know where Hepsibah got her information about possibly
waiting for hours, that will not be the situation in Newberry. The process
takes about 15-minutes. If there is any wait, it will be very short.
Hepsibah is also wrong about receiving a call or letter. In
San Bernardino County, you call in for the results.
Hepsibah's and Jodi Elder-Howard's comments about the cost are
also TOTALLY WRONG. Another reason why the CSD's General Manager shouldn't
be posting her intelligence on social media.
Roger Salzillo's comment that the testing will be "Totally FREE"
There is no online registration, no requests for possible insurance
will be asked, and the test is FREE. We want you to attend.
Due to heat, testing will be done inside the Senior Center.
You MUST wear a mask to enter. If you show up without a mask, you will be
given a free mask. If you do not wear a mask, you will not be allowed to
enter the building.
With the county dropping its usual preregistration requirements
for Newberry, this is as easy as it gets. This is an important opportunity
for Newberrians to get tested.
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