Hamilton County will close Alstom site for COVID-19 testing, use property for vaccines

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The former Alstom manufacturing site off West 19th Street was photographed on April 11, 2020.

The Hamilton County Health Department will convert the Alstom site on Riverfront Parkway to a COVID-19 vaccination site after the location hosted coronavirus testing for more than eight months.

The county will close the site for testing after March 13. Becky Barnes, administrator for the health department, said the agency will turn its focus to vaccinations.

"Stopping testing will let us use all of our staffing resources [for] vaccination efforts," Barnes said during a Thursday afternoon livestream. "But we still want to emphasize that we need everyone to be tested that has symptoms or has had a high-risk exposure."

Coronavirus testing will remain available at Alleo Health, LifeSpring Community Health and Clinica Medicos.

The health department did not provide a timeline for when the site will open for vaccinations. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced the Alstom site change during the county commission meeting Wednesday and said the county is looking to partner with BlueCross BlueShield to provide vaccinations at the site.