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Monterey County unveils mobile COVID-19 clinic

A new mobile health clinic is being rolled out in Monterey County and it will be the first of its kind in the county to offer rapid PCR COVID tests. Operators say test results will be emailed to people within minutes, not days as is the case with a regular PCR test. PCR is very fast,” said Corey DeHaven, chief technology officer for Mobility Health. Plans call for rolling it out in underserved rural communities; bring vaccines and tests to those who may have difficulty accessing health care. “We need to make this as easy as possible for people, it needs to be free,” said Kim Stemler of the Monterey County COVID Collaboration. “We have to go to places they are comfortable and places they are already on a regular basis, which is why so many of the sites we will be going to are school sites because families are used to go to school,” Stemler added. The rapid mobile lab is a partnership between the Monterey County COVID Collaboration, the Packard Foundation and UC Berkeley. The Visiting Nurses Association will also donate vaccines. A COVID health clinic all-in-one on wheels, as described. the best you can get,” Stemler said. The first mobile clinic will be held Saturday at San Vicente School, 2-5 p.m. The tests Rapid PCRs are free and walk-in, clinics are walk-in only.

A new mobile health clinic is being rolled out in Monterey County and it will be the first of its kind in the county to offer rapid PCR COVID tests. Operators say test results will be emailed to people within minutes, not days, as is the case with a regular PCR test.

“It’s very fast once we get our samples and put them on a plate, you can expect results in about 30 minutes, for PCR it’s very fast,” Corey DeHaven said. , chief technology officer for Mobility Health.

Plans include rolling it out to underserved rural communities; bring vaccines and tests to those who may have difficulty accessing health care.

“We need to make this as easy as possible for people, it needs to be free,” said Kim Stemler of the Monterey County COVID Collaboration.

“We have to go to places where they feel comfortable and places where they are already regularly, which is why so many of the sites we are going to go to are school sites because families are used to going there. ‘go to school,'” Stemler added.

The Mobile Rapid Lab is a partnership between the Monterey County COVID Collaboration, The Packard Foundation, and UC Berkeley. The Visiting Nurses Association will also provide vaccines. An all-in-one COVID health clinic on wheels, as described.

“We wanted something that had everything that had all the vaccinations including for kids that had tests and that’s even better than antigen testing this has a rapid PCR test that’s just the best you can get “, said Stemler.

The first mobile clinic will take place on Saturday at the San Vicente school, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rapid PCR tests are free and walk-in, clinics are walk-in only.