New Testing Events in Lenowisco Health District

December 15, 2020

Media Contact: Robert Parker, public information officer,

New Testing Events in Lenowisco Health District

(Wise, Va.) – The Virginia National Guard will be conducting mass COVID-19 testing events in the Lenowisco Health District December 18 and19 as a result of high regional positivity rates.

These events are free, open to the public, and do not require an appointment or advance registration. Testing will be at all sites from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Virginia National Guard is only able to test those 16 and older.

“COVID-19 percent positivity is ranging from 18% in Lee County and Norton to a high of 25% in Scott County,” said Dr. Sue Cantrell, Director of Lenowisco Health District. “This tells us that we need more testing in our region. We have partnered with the National Guard and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to bring these resources to our community.”

“It is safest to avoid gathering with anyone outside of your household over the upcoming holidays,” continued Dr. Cantrell. “However, if you plan to gather anyway, please protect your loved ones by getting tested and then staying home until you gather.”

Testing site information:

  • Friday, 12/18, Central High School, 5000 Warrior Drive, Norton
  • Saturday, 12/19, Gate City Flea Market, 213 E. Water Street, Gate City

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Any news organizations looking to cover the testing event should reach out to Bobby Parker, by 4 p.m. the previous day. Please note that for privacy purposes, there will be restrictions on what can be filmed/photographed.