With 9% of Burrillville residents tested, WellOne begins screening for Covid-19 in Public Works facility


BURRILLVILLE – A medical and dental care facility in Pascoag has begun offering testing for Covid-19, and is now performing the procedure the at an off-premises town building to those who qualify.

WellOne is conducting testing at the former Burrillville Department of Public Works headquarters at 65 Union Ave. in Harrisville. Public Works staff recently moved to a new location on Clear River Drive in Oakland.

The news regarding testing comes as the number of cases in town has reached 102, according to the most recent data from the Rhode Island Department of Health. The figure puts Burrillville roughly in the middle among towns with Covid-19 cases statewide, with 1,494 of the town’s 16,453 residents already tested, or 9 percent, according to RIDOH.

By comparison, 23 percent of Central Falls’ 19,382 residents have received tests. Towns including Cumberland, North Smithfield, North Kingstown and West Warwick, meanwhile, have administered tests at a similar rate, with 9 percent of their respected residents tested.

Of those who have been tested in Burrillville, 7 percent were positive, according to the data.

Between 40 and 44 of Burrillville’s positive cases were discovered at Crystal Lake Rehabilitation and Care Center. According to RIDOH, there have been between 15 and 19 cumulative resident fatalities at the facility, although no new cases have been found in the past 14 days.

Testing at the Department of Public Works now is offered by appointment only, on scheduled days, when ordered by a WellOne medical provider.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is instructed to call WellOne at (401) 568-7661 to schedule a telephone visit with one of their medical providers and determine if you are a candidate for testing.

WellOne accepts most insurances. The testing is conducted by a nasopharyngeal swab and results are typically available within 2-4 days after testing is completed.

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