Health officials offering two free COVID testing days in Danville


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — As the next round of holiday travel closes in, the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is offering two free COVID testing opportunities.

Health officials will be available inside the Danville Farmers’ Market at 629 Craghead Street on Friday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. The first 100 people will be eligible to be tested at no cost each day.

 “As an additional safety measure during this holiday season, we feel it is important to offer COVID-19 testing this month,” said director of the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts, Dr. Scott J. Spillmann. “We want everyone to take the necessary steps to protect their own health, in addition to the wellbeing of their friends and loved ones during this time when gatherings and travel are common. Anyone who wants to be tested, especially those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, is encouraged to attend.”

Health officials will perform the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which is proven to detect active infection. It can also show fragments of the virus after it appears to be gone. Staff will use a swab to collect a respiratory specimen and results are available one to three days after the test.

Those who have questions can call the VDH COVID-19 hotline at 877-275-8348, or you can learn more by visiting the VDH website.

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