Hundreds of COVID-19 tests conducted at free testing site in Salem Tuesday


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A long line of traffic wrapped around the Salem Civic Center Tuesday afternoon for free COVID-19 testing.

Testing didn’t start at the Salem Civic Center until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, but the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) said some were in line as early as 10:30 a.m.

Health officials planned to conduct 250 tests, but they had an additional 250 in their reserves, which they certainly needed on Tuesday.

For those unable to be tested, VDH encourages them to attend future testing in the area, if they feel testing is necessary.

“This is free testing,” said Robert Foresman, Emergency Planner for VDH. “We are not requiring that you have symptoms or have a referral. This is just a benefit to the community. We want to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that they know whether or not they’ve been exposed to the virus.”

This was the first time testing had been done in Salem, and even more free testing sites are to be offered over the next two weeks around the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, according to the VDH:

Botetourt County Health DepartmentJuly 215 to 7 p.m.(540) 473-8240
Green Ridge Recreation CenterJuly 235 to 7 p.m.(540) 473-8240
Roanoke City Health DepartmentJuly 285 to 7 p.m.(540) 283-5050
Craig County Health CenterJuly 295 to 7 p.m.(540) 864-6390

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