VDH health task force adds drive-thru test site at New River Valley Mall


CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Montgomery County Public Health Task Force will add a drive-thru test site at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg on Monday, April 6. Testing continues Wednesday, April 8, and Friday, April 10, at Blacksburg High School.

Retail operations and hours will not be affected by the testing site. These sites are closed to the public. Only individuals with an appointment and a letter of authorization from the Virginia Department of Health’s New River Health District will be allowed access to the sites.

“Testing is important epidemiologically and helps us determine the prevalence of disease in our community . . . but because capacity is limited we screen for those at highest risk. As we continue to test, we expect to have more positive cases.”

Noelle Bissell, M.D., director of the New River Health District

Anyone with questions, or is in need of testing, should call the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health call center at (540) 267-8240. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

“In the vast majority of cases, testing does not inform our recommendations for your medical care . . . The best protection for each of us comes from personal precautions, including hygiene and social distancing. That’s how YOU stay well, and how you protect those around you today, AND those you will be with tomorrow.”

Noelle Bissell, M.D., director of the New River Health District

“These sites take the pressure off our hospital systems and first responders so that they can provide essential medical and public safety services, around the clock,” said Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson. “Instead of being tasked with assessment and transport, they can concentrate on true life-threatening medical emergencies.”

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