Though the clinic has been testing since February, the county has opened up its testing to assist with academic studies. A few weeks ago, Shasta Cascade Clinics received 300 pharyngeal testing swabs from Public Health.

McCloud Healthcare Clinic provided free COVID-19 testing Thursday outside their facility even though the clinic itself was closed.

As of Tuesday morning, May 26, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Siskiyou County remained at six, and all had recovered, according to the Siskiyou County Public Health Department. A total of 1,398 people have been tested, and 59 of those were still awaiting test results.

Dressed in personal protection gear including pink gowns, blue gloves and face masks, Chief Medical Officer and FNP-C Jeanne Yalon-Owens, Quality Improvement Supervisor and LVN Kim Santi, and Director of Clinical Operations Darlene Shoop stood at the ready on Thursday with test swabs and forms in hand to receive not only McCloudians, but also those from surrounding towns get their nasal passages swabbed to discover if they have COVID-19.

Though Shasta Cascade Health Centers test for the virus at all their locations by appointment, on Thursday anyone could just stop by to get tested even if they were asymptomatic at the time.

“A positive test doesn’t mean you have immunity,” stressed Yalon-Owens. “It is an academic test only. Continue to protect yourself and continue to isolate regardless. Since the novel virus has never been seen before in a human, we need to give the study of the virus time. We will be a lot smarter in a year on how it acts and how people react.”

Carol Marshall who works as an RN, has a second home in McCloud and waited her turn to be tested to make be she’s safe to continue working. In the first few hours the clinic’s team swabbed more than 40 people. They tested between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Though the clinic has been testing since February, the county has opened up its testing to assist with academic studies. A few weeks ago, Shasta Cascade Clinics received 300 pharyngeal testing swabs from Public Health. There is no copay nor deductible for the testing.

It takes three to five days for test results and they will be given over the phone. For people that want to get antibody testing to see if they have already had COVID-19, they need a lab slip from their practitioner.

For more information about getting tested for COVID-19, call Shasta Cascade Health Centers at (530) 964-2389.