Pittsylvania County Health Department to offer 300 free COVID-19 tests Friday at drive-thru site

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Hundreds of members of the Pittsylvania County community will have the opportunity to be screened and tested for the coronavirus free of charge Friday morning in Chatham.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Pittsylvania County Health Department will offer COVID-19 screening and testing from 9 a.m. to noon — or as long as supplies last — on Friday, Sept. 18 at 200 H.G. McGhee Drive in Chatham.

The event is set to provide 300 free tests to anyone age 10 or older on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no insurance or appointments necessary, officials say.

“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 Health District. “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 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.”

This is a drive-thru event, so anybody who wants to be tested from a vehicle is asked to sit near a window. However, health officials say walk-ups are acceptable, too.

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

Attendees are asked to wear a face covering and maintain a six-foot distance from other people at all times in order to protect yourself and everyone else. In addition, if you have experienced any coronavirus symptoms — such as fever, deep cough, or shortness of breath — or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has the coronavirus, notify the testing providers.

For more information about this event, call (434) 433-3520.

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