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COVID-19 testing to be offered in Dickinson, Iron

KINGSFORD — Free community drive-through testing for COVID-19 will be offered later this month in Dickinson and Iron counties, health officials said.

The Dickinson clinic will take place at the Kingsford Middle School/High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 24.

In Iron county, testing will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the Forest Park School student parking lot in Crystal Falls.

“Please note this is not an antibody test, it is a PCR test — nasal swab,” said Daren Deyaert, Dickinson-Iron District Health Department health officer. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is used to detect the genetic information of the virus, which is present if someone is actively infected.

The clinics are being offered by the health department in partnership with the Michigan National Guard and emergency management officials.

All testing is free of charge and available for anyone 18 years and older. A doctor’s order is not necessary.

Participants will be required to bring a driver’s license or photo. I.D. to register. Upon arrival to the testing sites, all participants will be asked to wear a mask and roll windows of vehicle down no more than 2 inches to allow for communication.

More information on COVID-19 is available at www.didhd.org and at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

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