GCPH will fund COVID-19 testing for uninsured and underinsured patients


GOSHEN COUNTY – Goshen County Commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Goshen County Public Health (GCPH) and Torrington’s Cowboy Clinic and Urgent Care to fund COVID-19 testing for uninsured and underinsured residents.

GCPH Director Kelly Beard presented the MOU to the commission, stating they will pay Cowboy Clinic $40 per test for these individuals, which will come from CARES Act funding. 

“We just want to make sure that everybody can be tested,” Beard said.

She said GCPH is exploring the possibility of surveillance testing, which entails testing a population for the virus whether or not they exhibit symptoms using a non-invasive saliva test.

Beard also informed the commissioners of a drive thru immunization clinic hosted by GCPH Oct. 1-2. Beard said they held the clinic at the armory to better navigate vehicles coming in, and they opted to have patients drive in to reduce contact and potential spread of the coronavirus. 

After administering more than 320 flu shots this way, Beard said GCPH plans to do the same when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 

“Plans are changing quickly but that’s our plan so far,” she said.

County Clerk Cindy Kenyon said almost 40% of Goshen County’s registered voters have already voted or have their ballots ready to return.

She said based on the amount of people voting early, they do not plan to hire additional election judges. 

Shawn Madden petitioned the GCC to move his irrigation well, and the request was unanimously approved. 

The GCC will not meet on Tues. Nov. 3 due to Election Day. They will meet the following day, Wed. Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.

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