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Fresno County Public Health Town Hall Addressed Testing Availability, COVID-19 In Winter

In lieu of its regular media briefing Friday, the Fresno County Department of Public Health held a virtual town hall where community members could submit their own questions about the coronavirus. The meeting was live-streamed on Facebook. One person asked via the comments how to get a test if they’re uninsured. Dr. Rais Vorha, interim health officer for the County, said that based on his understanding and the federal government: “The testing will be covered, that shouldn’t stop you from getting tested.” He announced that the County plans to roll out a map of test-sites, so residents won’t have to go far if they need one. He also advised calling 2-1-1, the United Way help line. When asked about the seasonality of COVID-19, UCSF professor Dr. Eyad Almasri said the county should prepare for waves of the virus. “I think we will have probably increased levels of respiratory illnesses throughout the summer and maybe another peak in early winter months,” said Almasri. He added that this has

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