Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing scheduled for Danville


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 08: A healthcare worker test a patient at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater on July 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Pinellas County Government partnered with state and local health care agencies to open a COVID-19 testing site while the state undergoes another surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Free coronavirus drive-thru testing is scheduled for October 2 in Danville.

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing that day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until supplies run out. Testing will take place at the health department’s parking lot at 326 Taylor Drive.

Testing is available for anyone 10-years-old or older. If you are getting a test, you should sit near a car window as opposed to the middle seat.

“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 Scott Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. “But test results are only part of the picture. In addition, a negative test today is not a vaccine; it does not protect you from a possible exposure tomorrow. We know community transmission of COVID-19 has been widespread since late March, and we know the best protection for each of us comes from personal precautions, including wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene and social distancing. That’s how we protect ourselves and those around us.”

Insurance is not required for a test and no appointment is necessary since it is first come, first serve. The public is asked to wear face masks while at the testing event and tell testers if you have any symptoms, including fever, a deep cough, shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with a coronavirus-positive person.

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