Free COVID-19 testing clinic taking place in Danville on Friday


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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – On Friday afternoon, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing in Danville.

According to health officials, the event will take place at the Ballou Park Recreation Center at 760 West Main Street from 3 to 6 p.m. — or until supplies run out — on Friday, Oct. 15. Organizers plan to conduct 200 free coronavirus tests.

You are asked to enter the site from the West Main Street entrance and then turn left towards the main parking lots.

“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,” said Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts. “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.”

This drive-thru event is open to all ages and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no appointments necessary, according to the health district.

However, health officials say that all attendees must stay in their vehicle and near a window if you want to be tested. No walk-ups will be tested.

In order to protect yourself and the healthcare workers at the testing site, you should wear a cloth face covering or mask, as well as maintain social distancing.

In addition, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 — including fever, deep cough, or shortness of breath — or believe that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you are asked to tell the testing providers.

“Those with symptoms of respiratory illness are encouraged to come and be tested, but anyone who seeks a test will receive one,” Dr. Spillmann said. “Everyone is welcome.”

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, health officials encourages everyone to take the following actions:

  • 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.
    • Only 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.
  • Call your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public; and avoid crowds of people.

If you want more information about this event, you are asked to call 434-766-9828.

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