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Staffing shortages affect Vancouver Public Schools’ COVID-19 test site

Limited hours set after center had to close Tuesday

By , Columbian staff writer

Vancouver Public Schools closed its COVID-19 testing center at the Jim Parsley Center Complex in Vancouver at noon Tuesday due to a staffing shortage.

Testing will resume with shortened hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, but will not be offered on Friday.

Vancouver hopes full-time testing will resume Monday.

Typically, the testing center is operated by four staff members at a time. The district wouldn’t elaborate about the specific reason for the staffing shortage, citing privacy concerns.

Vancouver’s testing center at 4040 Plomondon St.  previously closed temporarily on Jan. 10 due to a delayed shipment of testing materials. District spokesperson Patricia Nuzzo said at this moment, however, there is no concern over the district’s supply of necessary materials.

The closed center is the only school-sponsored location at which Vancouver Public Schools students and employees can receive free, on-the-spot COVID-19 testing.

The school district shared with its community a list of alternative testing locations in Clark County, such as Rite Aid and Walgreens.

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