Drive-thru coronavirus testing set for fairgrounds in Dublin

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DUBLIN, Va. (WFXR) — The New River Valley Public Health Task Force announced Saturday that drive-thru testing at the regional fairgrounds in Dublin is set for next week.

The site will operate on Tuesday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New River Valley Fairgrounds.

Only individuals with a letter of authorization from the Virginia Department of Health’s New River Health District will be allowed access to the sites, and only by appointment, to receive appropriate testing, assessment and referral services. The testing site is closed to the public.

“Testing is important epidemiologically and helps us determine the prevalence of disease in our community,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District, “but because capacity is limited we screen for those at highest risk. As we continue to test, we expect to have more positive cases.”

Anyone with questions, or who thinks they might need testing, should call the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health call center at 540-267-8240. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. After hours, leave a message.

“In the vast majority of cases, testing does not inform our recommendations for your medical care,” Dr. Bissell continued. “The best protection for each of us comes from personal precautions, including hygiene and social distancing. That’s how YOU stay well, and how you protect those around you today, AND those you will be with tomorrow.”

“These testing sites highlight the tremendous regional effort and cooperation that has enabled us to act quickly and proactively to deliver public health resources effectively to help protect all of our communities,” said Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson.

Previous test sites have included Blacksburg High School and the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.

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