Rapid testing offered for first time in Mercer County

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UPDATE: APRIL, 17 2020 4:15 P.M, PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Testing sites are popping up all over southern West Virginia, hoping to get a better grasp on the spread of COVID-19. The first rapid testing site opened in Mercer County on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Bluestone Health Association held drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Friday. The new test is a fingerprick blood test.

Sabrina Huffman is a family nurse practitioner at Bluestone Healthcare.

“The rapid test gets back in 15 minutes,” Huffman explained.

It takes just 15 minutes to know if you have COVID-19. Because the testing is so new, Huffman said they still have to swab patients’ noses.

“Those are preliminary results and we still also have to do the Nasopharyngeal Swab because these tests are so new,” Huffman said.

Now they can compare the rapid test with the other test, to see just how accurate they are. Getting the results in 15 minutes gives the patients peace of mind, and the doctors an idea for treatment.

“It would help us to determine a better treatment for the patient because if it says that they are negative then we might have to treat them for something different,” Huffman explained.

This new testing technique is also the first of its kind in Mercer County for another reason.

“It also tests for antibodies to see if the patient has had an acute or a past infection.”

More innovative testing means a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Bluestone Health Center is offering COVID-19 testing that gives a result within 15 minutes. Friday, April 17, 2020, from 10 a.m until two p.m, they will hold drive-thru testing at their new primary care facility, on Thorn street in Princeton. The test is a fingerprick blood test.

Linda Hutchens is the CEO of the Bluestone Health Association.

“To see how many test positive in Mercer County so they can be quarantined. The more tests we do, the better knowledge we have about how Mercer County stands with the COVID virus,” Hutchens said.

They will still have to conduct a nose swab test as well. You do not need a doctor’s order to get tested. They will screen you and follow proper CDC guidelines.

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