Polk has tested 133

Published 1:14 pm Friday, April 24, 2020

Drive-through testing by appointment only

COLUMBUS—As of Friday afternoon, Polk County reports that it has tested a total of 133 patients for the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Of the total tests, 12 have tested positive, 115 have tested negative and 6 are still pending.

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Of the positives, 66.7 percent are female and 33.3 percent are male.

The ages of the positive include 5 people who are 25-49 years old, 5 people who are 65 and older and two cases who are 50-64 years old, according to the county’s data.

The county just opened a drive-through testing center at the former county jail in Columbus and reports that 6 tests were completed on the first day. The drive-through test center will be on Thursdays at the site by appointment only.

The county reports that its weekly message line calls are at 57.

Anyone with symptoms who wishes to be screened should call their healthcare provider or the county’s COVID-19 medical line at 828-722-5086.

County officials said they will update the testing and COVID-19 information every Friday.