Free COVID-19 testing event scheduled in Danville

Southside Virginia News

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing later this month.

The event will take place at the Danville Farmers’ Market at 629 Craghead Street on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 3-5 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary. The first 100 individuals will be eligible to be tested at no charge.

Testing will be available for all ages; however, a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

If attending, you are asked to wear a mask, practice social distancing and communicate with testing providers if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, deep cough or shortness of breath or if you believe you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.

VDH recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:

  • Those with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 – regardless of vaccine status.
  • Those who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.
    • Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Test three to five days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • Non Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Test immediately after an exposure and again five to seven days following an exposure if the initial test is negative.
  • Those who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (travel, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings.
  • Those who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the health department.
  • Those who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19.

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