This article has been updated to indicate 44 active cases, not 44 cases in a single day. We apologize for the error.

The Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will be conducting drive-through testing Nov. 17-19 as a result in the recent spike in positive tests for the coronavirus in Seward. Last week Seward had 44 active cases.

Tests will be conducted Nov. 17-19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the entrance to the Community Health Center, 417 First Avenue. The center says cars should line up on First Avenue at the parking lot entrance. The testing is recommended for anyone who has had a known close contact with someone that has tested positive for the coronavirus.

A close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as anyone who has been within six feet of someone for 15 minutes up to two days prior to the onset of symptoms of COVID-19 or the person tested positive for the virus if asymptomatic until the person no longer tests positive for the virus and completes the necessary isolation period.

People should wear a mask and bring a photo ID to the testing site. Samples will be taken using a nasal swab and sent to the State lab for testing and results should be available in three to seven days.

Anyone who is symptomatic should call SCHC at 907‐224‐2273 or their primary care provider.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.