Ohio National Guard

Members of the Ohio National Guard at Avita Galion Hospital. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO -- Avita Health System announced Thursday it's expanding PCR COVID-19 rapid testing at Ontario and Galion Hospitals with the help of the Ohio National Guard.

The expanded days and hours will start on Friday, Jan. 14 and extend through Jan. 28.

Ontario Hospital will provide testing appointments Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Galion Hospital will offer testing appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We extended the hours at our testing site in Ontario and added more days in Galion to accommodate the urgent need for COVID testing," said Kim Winkle, vice president of operations for Avita.

“We are grateful for support from the Ohio National Guard and the increased access to COVID testing that we’ll be able to provide the community for the next two weeks as we all battle this recent wave of illness and exposures," Winkle said.

In addition to the COVID-19 testing sites at Ontario and Galion Hospitals, Avita will continue to offer testing at Bucyrus Hospital on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

An appointment is required at Avita’s testing sites and can be made by calling 419-468-0800. Insurance will be billed for patients who meet billing criteria and those with a known exposure.

Testing for travel and self-pay is $100 out of pocket. Test results will be provided through MyChart, a free and secure online patient portal.

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