Mecklenburg Co. Public Health hosting free COVID-19 testing event

Mecklenburg Co. Public Health hosting free COVID-19 testing event
Mayo Clinic Health System sites and other hospitals are supporting this effort and new directives for testing applying to both those who display symptoms and those who are asymptomatic. (Source: Gage Cureton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County health leaders are hosting a free COVID-19 testing event this weekend.

The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, in partnership with Mako Medical, will hold a COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-in testing event at the Valerie C. Woodard Center on Freedom Drive.

COVID-19 testing will be offered for people who have symptoms of infection, have had close contact with someone who is infected, have high risk factors related to health conditions or working environment, or have recently attended mass gatherings or protests.

The event will be Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208 via the Ashley Road entrance.

Residents are asked to please wear a cloth face covering and bring a valid form of identification and insurance card (if you have insurance). Testing will be provided regardless of insurance status and is free.

County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris says this site will be limited to 1,000 tests per day. She’s unsure if that will be enough but says other sites have been able to handle all the tests required so far.

Anyone seeking testing is encouraged to speak to their doctor or to call Mecklenburg County Public Health’s COVID-19 help line at 980-314-9400. The best resource for accurate, updated information for the community about COVID-19 is the County’s website, MeckNC.gov.

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