HARBERT — A team from the InterCare Community Health Network conducted free COVID-19 testing at the River Valley Senior Center in Harbert on Friday, July 10.

Ayanna Johnson, a Certified Community Health Worker with InterCare, said they are doing testing (walk-up or drive-up) for Berrien County and InterCare in areas such as Harbert, Watervliet and Buchanan.

“We check for signs and symptoms, we advise if you should or should not be tested — but it’s pretty much your call,” she said.

Five members of the InterCare Community Health Network were on hand July 10 to administer the cotton swab tests (which Johnson said are inserted into the nasal cavity for about three seconds).

She said results take about seven to 10 days due to the large number currently being conducted.

Johnson said InterCare also offers daily drive-through testing at its sites in Benton Harbor and Holland. For more information, call (855) 869-6900.

A second COVID-19 testing session at the River Valley Senior Center, 13321 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert (funded by a grant from the State of Michigan), is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring their insurance cards and photo ID. To pre-register call (269) 308-9296. Those with questions about the testing may access the same phone number.

All are welcome to be tested, but especially those who may have symptoms or are working and may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms of the virus may include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath and new loss of taste or smell.

Executive Director Tim Hawkins said the River Valley Senior Center is open for basic services such as some exercise programs such as Tai Chi and medical presentations, the vans are running to take people to medical appointments and other needed stops, Meals on Wheels is delivering to homebound people (but not serving meals at the center). He said there’s currently no coffee, TV, food, or socializing.

He said people coming in have to make a reservation (the phone number is 269-469-4556) and no more than 10 at a time are allowed. Visitors have their temperature checked and are asked a series of questions.

“We’re being very cautious … We’re in phase one of our re-opening plan,” Hawkins said.

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