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Fulton County Health Department to open Rochester testing site by September 7

As the COVID-19 Pandemic marches on and the Delta variant ramps up this back-to-school season, Rochester is getting prepared. 


The Rochester City Council approved funding $50,000 to the Fulton County Health Department Tuesday to do just that. With local testing sites being shut down after the first big wave of the pandemic was over, the first thing the funding will provide will be a testing site.


Dawn Risten from the Fulton County Health Department says the goal to have a testing site open is September 7. The location is still to be determined, but Risten says the future preferred location will be a place larger than the space they had previously, so they can eventually also open a vaccination clinic as well at the same location by October 1. 


Risten said they are very grateful for the funding and will utilize it to pay employees, get a location for the testing and vaccination site, extra supplies, and anything the health department might need in the future.  


The Fulton County Health Department is currently accepting applications to hire three testers and a supervisor for the testing site that will open in September. The job description includes handling greeting, screening questions, informing of the procedure, and swabbing.


Proficient computer knowledge is a plus. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. 


Applications are available at the auditor's office in the Fulton County Annex Building, located at 125 E 9th St in Rochester.