VARNA — As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to accumulate in Marshall County, the public health agency serving the area has scheduled the county's first opportunity for public testing for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments will offer free drive-thru testing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Varna Fire Department, 50 Chestnut St.
Appointments will be required and can be scheduled by calling 815-872-5091.
The testing was announced as the county reached a total of 71 cases of the disease through Sunday, with the pace picking up in recent weeks. The total has more than tripled since the 21 cases reported by Aug. 1, and there have been 15 over the past three days.
Bureau County, meanwhile, remains on the state warning list for a recurrence of infections with 519 cases through Sunday, including 116 since Sept. 1. The county also reported its 11th coronavirus-related death — a woman in her 40s — on Friday.
Putnam County, about half the size of Marshall, had reported 34 cases through Sunday.
The three-county agency will also again offer free drive-through testing in Princeton at its office at 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway on Wednesday morning. Call 815-872-5091 for an appointment.