OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – For the first time, Health Nomi is using mobile clinics to test people for COVID in Omaha.
Nomi Health has introduced mobile clinics that will offer PCR and antigen testing. Testing is still an important weapon in the fight against COVID.
At the beginning of the pandemic, people would line up at the test drive locations. Thousands of people are waiting to know if they were infected by the virus.
Now the COVID restrictions have been relaxed, vaccines are available, the masks are off and people are ready to go back to normal life before COVID.
“No, we probably don’t know the number and I think home tests are very popular, it’s a lot easier to test at home with the home test and there’s definitely a place for them,” said Justin Frederick, Chief of Infectious Diseases of Douglas County.
Whether you get tested at a mobile clinic or use a home testing kit, officials say testing is still necessary.
“We are still in the pandemic and I think people’s appetite for COVID-19 is almost full and unfortunately I think the virus is not done with us. The sooner someone can get tested after an exposure or if they have the onset of new symptoms, the sooner they can isolate themselves, stay away from others stay home and seek treatment,” Frederick said.
COVID test reports are becoming more important as we move deeper into the year.
That’s one reason Nomi Health has brought its mobile clinic back to Omaha to give people another chance to get tested.
“We wanted to increase accessibility and convenience for people, so we decided to open these mobile clinics. We pride ourselves on being very nimble and when there is a need we step in and if there is no longer a need we can step back,” said Dr. June Steely.
So far there are not many takers in mobile clinic downtown near 14th and Harney. You can be tested here at no cost.
“We ask that people who have insurance bring their insurance and give us that information, but we will not turn away anyone who is uninsured,” Steely said.
“I would say that COVID is still a bit unpredictable, we will see cases increase again as people move in, schools have just started so we have massive gatherings of people. Testing saves lives, there’s no doubt about it,” Frederick said.
If you need more information on Nomi Health’s mobile testing clinic for COVID-19 go to their website.
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