Health officials warn Montgomery County residents about illegitimate door-to-door COVID-19 testing services


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Both health officials and law enforcement agencies are warning Montgomery County residents to be aware after receiving reports of individuals knocking on residents’ doors and offering to provide or sell COVID-19 testing kits and services.

According to the Montgomery County Public Health Task Force, there are no authorized medical workers providing door-to-door testing services in the New River Health District, which includes the City of Radford and Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties.

If someone comes to your door offering such a service — especially if they do not have the New River Health District badge with a photo ID — health officials recommend that you call local law enforcement immediately.

For the most accurate and up-to-date online information on the coronavirus pandemic, you can find out more from the official websites for Montgomery County, New River Health District, the Virginia Department of Health, and the CDC.

The New River Health District also operates a public health call center at 540-267-8240, to answer your questions about COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses. Operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. After hours, you may leave a message and receive a return call.

“We urge everyone to continue to practice easy and effective personal public health precautions,” says Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District. “These include hand and surface hygiene and social distancing. These are the most effective ways to minimize the spread of illness and keep yourself and those around you well.”

Montgomery County Public Health Task Force members include the New River Health District, area hospitals, the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Montgomery County, local law enforcement and first responder agencies, New River Valley Community Services, and educational institutions.

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