February 10, 2022
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Piedmont Health District Offers Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing in Blackstone
BLACKSTONE, Va. – The Piedmont Health District is offering drive thru COVID-19 testing Wednesdays, February 16 and 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Courier-Record at 111 Maple St.
This event is a drive-thru event and will be located in the parking lot in the rear of the building. Those seeking tests from a vehicle should sit near a window. Testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and at no cost. No insurance needed. No appointment or advanced registration needed.
The testing event will use the three-day PCR test. A rapid test option is not available. Testing is available to all ages. However, a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years old. PCR test results are usually available within a few days, and are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic.
To protect yourself and healthcare workers, wear a cloth face covering or mask. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people at all times. Be sure to tell the testing providers if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, deep cough or shortness of breath, or believe that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least five days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered Day 0.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
Please reserve hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies. If you’re seeking a COVID-19 test and it is not an emergency, please visit the VDH community testing events or a retail pharmacy. For questions about COVID-19 testing or a list of testing locations, visit the VDH website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those still needing a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available in more than 100 languages.
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