Photo: DeAnne Holland, Avera Marshall

MARSHALL (KMHL) – More than 260 people were tested as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday for COVID-19 in Marshall.

Avera Marshall Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Meister updated reporters during a conference call yesterday as the first day of community COVID-19 testing was winding down at the Avera Marshall Carlson Street location.

Meister says the number was a little less than what he expected turnout to look like on the first day.

“Anybody should be tested, who thinks they may have been exposed to the virus,” said Meister Wednesday evening. “People who work at a facility where they have had cases, family members of those who have tested positive, if you’ve been exposed to anybody who has tested positive, or if you were in those protests.”

Meister says results should be back for those who tested in 2-to-3 days. He urges people who get tested to self-quarantine until they receive their results.

He adds those who test positive will receive a phone call, those who test negative will receive a letter. Meister says the quickest way for someone to see their test results would be to download the Avera MyChart app – he says that as soon as the information is entered, it will appear on that app.

Testing continues today (Thursday) until 8 p.m. and will take place again tomorrow (Friday) from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Avera Marshall Carlson Street location.

If anyone has questions on local COVID-19 testing, Meister says they can always call the 877-At-Avera phone number.