Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts to hold free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in coming weeks

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As people continue to inquire about coronavirus testing locations around the Roanoke Valley and the Alleghany Highlands, local health officials shared a list of free drive-thru testing sites set to be held in the coming weeks.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts has scheduled several drive-thru testing events over the next few weeks:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Westside Elementary School in Roanoke
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge
  • Monday, Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Fincastle Baptist Church in Fincastle
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hurt Park Elementary School in Roanoke

You can also find testing opportunities at pharmacies, medical providers, and more in your area by clicking here.

According to health officials, the results of the PCR tests usually come back within 36 to 72 hours.

The VDH strongly encourages people who fit the following descriptions to get tested for the coronavirus:

  • People with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status
  • Most people who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19
  • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure and again at five to seven days following exposure if the first test is negative
  • People who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not need to get tested after exposure as long as they do not have symptoms.
  • People who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure, such as traveling, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings
  • People who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the state/local health department.
  • People who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel, with some exceptions for fully-vaccinated people
  • People who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 who have no known exposures to COVID-19 but wish to help public health officials understand how many people are infected (surveillance testing) may also be considered for testing

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