Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site to open at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday

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A general view of cars racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Martinsville and Henry County communities have announced the grand opening of their own drive-thru coroanvirus testing site for qualified individuals at the Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday, April 8.

However, the site will not be open to the public. According to the flyer released by Martinsville Uptown on Friday, April 3, only residents of Martinsville, Henry County, or Patrick County whose local physicians have submitted proper documentation of a pre-screening process to the testing site will be allowed access.

Officials say the Martinsville Speedway at 340 Speedway Road in Ridgeway was chosen by a committee of first responders and law enforcement due to its proximity to highways and open-air setting that would allow for social distancing. The site will reportedly be staffed by trained medical, public safety, and law enforcement personnel.

Testing for qualified individuals will kick off from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, according to officials. Depending on the demand, the flyer says the testing site will operate on a tiered schedule that will be posted weekly and distributed by the West Piedmont Health District.

The Harvest Foundation announced the plans for the testing site earlier in the week as part of a partnership with local healthcare providers, the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville and Henry County public safety departments and law enforcement agencies, Sovah Health-Martinsville, and the Virginia Department of Health.

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