COVID-19 testing sites scheduled in Blacksburg, Covington on Tuesday


(WFXR) — Do you need to be tested for COVID-19? There are a few local options, including a drive-thru testing site in Blacksburg and a free testing site in Covington on Tuesday.

The New River Valley Public Health Task Force is sponsoring the drive-thru testing site at Blacksburg High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. However, this testing site is not open to the public, and only individuals with appointment will be tested.

If you have questions about the coronavirus in general or want to request a testing appointment, call the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health call center at (540) 267-8240 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. After hours, leave a message.

In addition, the Alleghany Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing at Alleghany High School in Covington from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday to all Virginians over the age of 18 — and to children ages 2 and up if accompanied by a consenting parent or guardian — regardless of whether or not you have symptoms.

Health officials say Covington’s testing site will have 200 tests available to the public on a first come, first serve basis, no appointment necessary. In addition, the test results are confidential.

The testing site is open as both a walk-in and a drive-thru site, but all attendees are asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. For those who are driving, they are encouraged to sit at the window if they want to be tested, and to keep the windows rolled up until told otherwise.

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