Health district distributes COVID-19 resource bags to hotspots, more testing coming

CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Combined Health District distributed about 3,000 COVID-19 resource packs on Tuesday to those living in areas that Gov. Mike DeWine designated as hotspots earlier this month.

In Clark County, that includes those living in the 45505, 45506 and 45503 zip codes.

Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson and a team of about 16 volunteers left bags at households in those areas containing COVID-19 information in English, Spanish and Creole and six surgical masks for use when people go out.

Many volunteer groups focused their efforts on neighborhoods that run off of South Limestone Street.

“We plotted all the cases on a map and these are the neighborhoods we felt like we needed to do more outreach to,” Patterson told News Center 7′s Jenna Lawson.

The health district said it still has not heard from the state about when the county will get their share of pop-up testing sites, but Patterson said work is being done on the local level to get stand-up clinics in hotspot zones that are within driving and walking distance for residents.

He cautioned that even though workplace outbreaks in the county are stabilizing, like at the Dole plant and Springfield Regional Medical Center, the number of cases in the community is still increasing daily.

Patterson advised that people use their masks and social distance with the upcoming July 4th holiday.

Jenna Lawson

Jenna Lawson

I grew up in Springfield and I'm a big fan of all things Springfield, including Schuler's & the Clark County Fair. A career in journalism never really was a serious thought until the end of high school. You just have epiphanies sometimes, and that's the only way I can explain why I got into this line of work – but I'm happier for it!