ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) announced that a Community Testing Center (CTC) at Valley View Mall will open on Thursday, Jan. 20 to provide free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 to increase testing access in the region.

The CTC will operate by appointment only between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Appointments will typically be released 24 hours ahead of each day’s event.

To schedule an appointment, click here.

The test results will automatically be sent via text message or email to individuals being tested – usually within a few days based on the information provided in the appointment system.

PCR test results are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic.