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After thousands test for COVID-19 at drive-thru testing site, a staggering 54% come back positive

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Jan 04, 2022

AKRON, Ohio — Summit County held a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site last week for three days and the positivity percent of the tests hit a staggering level, according to Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda.

The data
Skoda said the 2,300 tests that were conducted at the site had a 54% positivity rate in that time frame.

Data from the Ohio Department of Health shows the two-week positivity rate for the county at 30.6%. Overall, Northeast Ohio now has the highest percent positivity rate of any geographic location in the state.

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Summit County is nearing 100,000 total cases. It currently sits at 94,565 cases since the pandemic began, ODH data reported Monday shows. In that county, more than 7,000 people have been hospitalized and more than 1,300 people have died since the start of the pandemic.

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Summit County ranks third in the state for cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks. ODH data shows the state average is 1,364 cases per 100,000 residents. Summit is at 2,197. Only Lake and Cuyahoga County have a higher rate of cases per 100,000 residents.

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The state's data shows that out of the around 541,000 residents in Summit County, just under 60% of residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccination. Eighty-eight people completed their vaccine in the last 24 hours.

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Nearly 450 people received a booster shot in the last day.

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Testing
A drive-thru testing site is now open in the county seven days a week at Summa Health Corporate Office, 1077 Gorge Blvd., Akron.

The site will be able to test around 300 people per day and testing is free. You don't need a doctor's order to obtain a test, however, you must preregister. You can do so by clicking here. Results for the PCR tests will take between two to three days to come back, health officials said.

The testing site is a collaboration with Summit County Public Health, the Ohio National Guard, Akron Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital and Summa Health.

Anyone with questions can contact the COVID-19 Call Line for more information at 330-926-5795. The line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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