Drive-thru testing in Dublin and Blacksburg this week


A person is tested for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Cesar Chavez City Park in Phoenix. The two-week testing event is aimed at bringing tests to Phoenix’s Laveen neighborhood, home to many Latinos and Blacks who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Latino leaders say governments need to do more to communicate effectively with Hispanic communities to ensure people know where to get tested and encourage them to participate. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(WFXR) — The New River Valley Public Health Task Force will hold drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, August 4 at Pulaski County High School, 5414 Cougar Trail Road in Dublin, and on Thursday, August 6 at Blacksburg High School, 3401 Bruin Lane in Blacksburg. Testing at both sites will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sites are not open to the public and appointments must be made.

“We have administered more than 9,800 COVID-19 tests since beginning broad community testing,” said Noelle Bissell, M.D., director of the New River Health District. “Testing helps paint the picture of what COVID-19 looks like in our community. As we detect cases with testing, we can more quickly identify contacts and mitigate the spread of the disease through recommendations for isolation or quarantine, and further testing.”

The Virginia Department of Health encourages people to:

  • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are at higher risk of serious illness. If you must go out in public, wear a cloth face covering;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Avoid contact with sick people;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor;
  • Practice physical distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public; and
  • Avoid close contact with crowds of any size, and avoid any crowd of more than 250 people.

For questions about COVID-19 or to request an appointment for testing, 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.

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