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Fulton County Health Department COVID-19 testing and vaccine site is put to good use this holiday season

The Fulton County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine and testing site located at the Fulton County 4H Fairgrounds, 1009 W 3rd Street, is a free clinic for anyone looking to get their vaccine, booster or COVID test. Its recent uptick in numbers has kept the staff busy, but also serves as a reminder to the community that the pandemic is far from over. 

 

The vaccine clinic is open every Thursday and Friday from 8 am - 4 pm, excluding holidays. Dawn Risten, Fulton County Health Department Food Inspector/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator says the holiday season and Omicron, the new COVID variant, has made the clinic especially busy. 

 

Risten says as the positivity numbers continue to rise since the Thanksgiving weekend, making the testing site a busy place. The testing site normally sees around 50 people on Saturday and between 100 to 160 people a day during the week.

 

Hours for the testing site are Monday and Friday from 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday from 12 pm - 8 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. The testing site provides both rapid tests and PCR, with no PCR testing on Wednesday. 

 

The Fulton County Health Department is looking to fill two more positions for Thursday and Friday at the vaccine clinic. Those interested in applying can get applications at the Fulton County Health Department or print it off from their website and either drop it off at the auditors office inside the Annex Building or email it. 

 

 

(COVID-19 Testers, from left: Gin Sullivan, Alexys Loudermilk, Makayla Risten, Grace Koch)

 

 

 

(Employees from the COVID-19 vaccine clinic, from left: Misty Hopkins, Donna Smith, Dawn Risten, Pat Hoover, Beverly Fish, Karen Tislow, Alexys Loudermilk, Gerry Hornung)

 

(From left: Vaccine clinic volunteers Don Christianson and Jean Cloud)

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