November 30, 2020
Media Contact: Public Information Officer Cat Long, email@example.com
STAY SAFE FROM COVID-19 BEFORE AND AFTER THE HOLIDAYS
RICHMOND, VA – Richmond and Henrico Health Districts hold regular COVID-19 testing events and flu vaccination events for the public. Residents who traveled out of state or attended a gathering are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test results. Everyone ages 6 months and older is recommended to get a flu vaccine.
Dates and times are listed below, but residents are encouraged to visit our website (www.rchd.com) or call our hotline at 804-205-3501 for the most up-to-date information.
COVID-19 TESTING DRIVE-THRU EVENTS:
- Thursday, December 3, The Diamond Parking Lot (3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA), 1 – 4 p.m.
- Friday, December 4, Eastern Henrico Health Department (1400 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA), 1 – 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 2, Huguenot High School (7945 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA), 1 – 4 p.m.
“Getting tested after traveling can be just as important as getting tested before,” explains Lanier Olsson, Community Testing Project Manager, “our testing event at the Diamond this week is a great opportunity to get tested for free.”
Residents are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine if they haven’t done so already. Although the flu vaccine does not prevent COVID-19, getting the flu vaccine is an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The flu weakens the immune system,” says Karen Carle, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, “Who wants to have a weakened immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic?”
More information about COVID-19 testing events and flu vaccination events can be found on RCHD’s website: www.rchd.com.
About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RCHD and HCHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.