REGIONAL—Sioux County is getting a Test Iowa site.
According to coronavirus.iowa.gov, there will be Test Iowa site at Sioux Center Middle School noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 27-28.
Sioux County will be one of the first 11 counties in Iowa to host a site. N’West Iowa’s most populated county has seen a steady increase in confirmed coronavirus cases going from 25 on May 4 to 177 today (Thursday, May 21).
Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office previously attributed to the uptick in Sioux County to surveillance testing, which is essentially targeted testing at sites “where there are confirmed cases and likely exposures have increased.”
Test Iowa is a $26 million private/public partnership between the state of Iowa and a Utah tech firm designed to provide faster and effective testing for the coronavirus; however, the program, which sprung from a recommendation by actor Ashton Kutcher to Reynolds, has come under fire for not meeting expectations and delayed/lost results.
During her press conference today, Reynolds announced that any Iowan who wants a coronavirus test is eligible for one. There is no cost to take the test.
Call Test Iowa at 515-575-2131 or 1-844-844-1561 for more information on testing. Phone lines are open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Story has been updated with the correct days for testing.