Health officials holding appointment-based, drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Blacksburg Thursday


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The New River Valley Public Health Task Force is set to operate a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Blacksburg on Thursday, but only for those with scheduled appointments.

According to health officials, the testing will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at Blacksburg High School at 3401 Bruin Lane. However, this site is closed to the public and requires an appointment for testing.

“We have administered more than 7,300 COVID-19 tests since beginning broad community testing,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District, in a news release on Tuesday, July 14. “Testing continues to help us determine the prevalence of disease in our community, but remember that the best protection for each of us comes from personal precautions, including hygiene and physical distancing. That’s how you protect yourself and those around you.”

To ask coronavirus-related questions or 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.

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