More than 200 people were tested for COVID-19 Saturday, on day one of a two-day free testing event held in Sturgis.

Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, said she would like to see more people participate, especially from the west side of the county.

“We have the capacity to do more than we have done,” Burns said.

Testing continues noon-5 p.m. today at Doyle Community Center, 310 N. Franks Ave. There also is a walk-up testing site at the nearby Oaks Enrichment Center, 306 N. Franks Ave.

Participants must have identification to receive the screening. Testing is offered only to Michigan residents age 18 and up.

Who should avail themselves of this opportunity? Burns outlined the parameters.

“Anyone who hasn’t been able to stay home and quarantine should really take advantage of the opportunity to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms,” Burns said. “There are people who are asymptomatic. This is an opportunity for us to find out who they are, get them in isolation, talk to their close contacts and get them in quarantine. That’s how we’re going to stop the spread.”

The process to register and be tested requires five minutes or less. Results are available within a week.

Testing is made available by the health agency in collaboration with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan National Guard and Michigan State Police.

St. Joseph County United Way is providing water and snacks for the workers. The city of Sturgis, St. Joseph County government and volunteers also are assisting.

“It’s really been a community-wide effort,” Burns said. “Without the help of everyone, this would have been impossible.”

Online: www.bhsj.org/events/278