Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing scheduled in Franklin County June 30


A doctor's prescription is not needed to participate.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) – A free COVID-19 testing event is scheduled for June 30 from the Pigg River Community Center in Rocky Mount, and — unlike most scheduled tests — residents can get tested without a doctor’s prescription.

The drive-thru clinic is being offered by the West Piedmont Health District, Bernard Healthcare Center, and Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and is open to all Franklin County residents over the age of 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis, no appointment necessary

“We chose a location that would be convenient to underserved communities,” says Penny Hall, Chief Operations Officer for the West Piedmont Health District. “Transportation is always a problem in a rural community, but the Pigg River site is centrally-located, easy to access and laid out in a way that should eliminate traffic issues.”

Participants will drive on the site and will remain in their vehicles, provide basic information about themselves, and have a nasal swab taken by a qualified medical professional. The swabs will be taken to the state laboratory who will analyze the tests and provide results within a few days.

The Virginia Department of Health is providing test kits and laboratory analysis, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and Bernard Healthcare Clinic are providing personnel, True Vine Baptist Church is providing food for volunteers, and Pigg River Community Center is providing the location.

“It’s great to see neighbors coming together to help neighbors,” says Hall. “COVID-19 requires that we work together to keep each other safe. This event is an excellent example of community support and resilience.”

However, according to Ellen Holland of the Bernard Healthcare Center, for those unable to attend the June 30 testing event, “our team has enough testing supplies and personnel to conduct testing later on by appointment only.”

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