Free COVID-19 testing sites set for Rockbridge County, Roanoke City on Tuesday


(WFXR) — Health officials are offering free COVID-19 testing to the community — no appointments necessary — on Tuesday in both Rockbridge County and Roanoke City.

According to the Central Shenandoah Health District, a drive-thru testing site will be open at the Stonebridge Center at 45 Natural Bridge School Road in Natural Bridge Station from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

Testing is available on a first come, first serve basis for anyone who wants to be tested, no appointments necessary. However, officials say they will give testing preference to symptomatic individuals or those who came in close contact with known COVID-19 cases.

Testing staff will use viral tests, which only test if you are currently infected with the virus at the time the test sample is taken, according to health officials.

If you have any questions about this Rockbridge County testing event or about the coronavirus in general, you can call (855) 949-8378.

Meanwhile, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are hosting another free COVID-19 testing site from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. This testing event will take place on the second floor of the Roanoke City Health Department at 1502 Williamson Road.

According to health officials, this testing service is not only free and confidential, but it also does not require an appointment to be tested. The tests available at this testing site are reportedly diagnostic tests, which will identify current infections.

For questions about this Roanoke City testing event or about the coronavirus in general, you can call the Roanoke City Health Department at (540) 283-5050.

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