(WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is expanding testing sites across the Commonwealth.
This decision comes after health officials reported an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant — which is more contagious than other variants.
“While our local health departments, pharmacies, and hospitals are working to keep up with the demand for testing, we are providing additional testing locations to accommodate our residents and to help reserve our hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies,” said Dr. Laurie Forlano, deputy director, Office of Epidemiology.
VDH plans to add more than 170 Community Testing Events (CTE) throughout September. These sites will be added based on community needs and to help reduce stress on healthcare providers.
Health officials recommend people get tested for COVID-19 if they have the following:
- Show signs of symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status
- Those who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have the virus
- Activities that are higher risk for COVID exposure, such as travel, large events, or crowded indoor settings
- Healthcare providers who refer people for testing
- If you plan to travel or have returned from a trip
- If you ar enot fully vaccinated and plan to visit people
You can check out a full list of testing locations by visiting the VDH website. For more information regarding the testing call 877-829-4682 between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday.
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