It may seem like almost everything I am writing about these days involves Coronavirus related scams because unfortunately, as is entirely expected, scammers are taking advantage of the public’s tremendous concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic to scam people through a wide variety of scams.  So while I will continue to write about other timely scams, I will definitely be alerting you to new threats to your well being presented by such Coronavirus related scams.

The latest Coronavirus related scam involves reports from Kentucky and other states where phony drive-through Coronavirus testing sites have been temporarily set up, scamming people out of as much as $250 for a test.  As a result of the recent federal legislation pertaining to the Coronavirus pandemic, all tests are free.  Testing for the Coronavirus is a critical element in managing the pandemic and although testing was slow throughout the country initially, the number of tests in the United States has now exceeded one million people tested with more than 200,000 of those tests coming back positive for the Coronavirus.

TIPS

Not everyone needs to be tested for the Coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is a reliable source for good information about the pandemic has guidelines in regard to when and if you should be tested as well as other information about the tests at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

The CDC advises that if you wish to be tested you should contact your state or local health department or medical care provider for information upon which you can rely in regard to being tested.  Here is a link that will take you to the state health department for each of the states. https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html and here is a link that will take you to your local health departments.https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

Remember, there is no charge for having a Coronavirus test administered and processed.

Stay safe.

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