COVID-19 testing offered four consecutive Fridays in Danville


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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will be offering free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing on the next four Fridays, starting Oct. 29 and ending on Nov. 19.

These events will take place from the Ballou Park Recreation Center at 760 West Main Street in Danville from 3 to 6 p.m. or until supplies run out.

The drive-thru events are each set to conduct 200 free tests and are open to all ages.

“We are pleased to bring this testing event to our community and encourage residents to come get tested. Test results from this community-wide testing event will give us a good indicator of the prevalence of the disease in our community. But test results are only part of the picture. And a negative test today is not a vaccine; it doesn’t protect you from a possible exposure tomorrow. We know community transmission of COVID-19 is widespread, and we know the best protection for each of us comes from personal precautions, including wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene, and social distancing and getting vaccinated. That’s how we protect ourselves and those around us.”

Dr. Scott Spillmann, Director of the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts

Everyone arriving for a test will be asked to remain in their vehicles and no walk-ups will be tested. Those who are interested in receiving a test should be seated near a window of the vehicle.

Dr. Scott Spillman, the director of the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts, says that anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness should come and be tested but the events are open to anyone who wishes to be tested.

Tests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. You do not need an appointment. Anyone wishing to be tested must be in a vehicle.

To protect yourself as well as healthcare workers on-site, you are asked to wear a cloth face mask and keep at least six feet of distance between you and other people at all times.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, be sure to mention that when you show up to be tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, deep cough, or shortness of breath.

For more information about the events, call 434-766-9828.

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