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StarMed testing site reopening in new location after disturbance involving angry neighbor

According to StarMed’s CEO, a man who lived nearby was angry that the line of cars was so long and blocking driveways.
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 7:01 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2022 at 6:36 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - After a scary incident last week at one of its COVID-19 testing sites, StarMed will open it in a new location.

This is impacting testing along South Boulevard. The new location is near the intersection of South Boulevard and Archdale Drive, only about a mile north of the previous site.

It is also found along the light rail, providing easy access for those in South End. According to StarMed, the new location will be up and running on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Originally, the new location was scheduled to open Monday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m.

StarMed officials decided to move after a disturbance at the old location near Arrowwood last Tuesday. According to StarMed’s CEO, a man who lived nearby was angry that the line of cars was so long and blocking driveways.

The CEO said the man walked over to the site with two dogs and a shotgun. Police did respond, but no charges were filed.

Related: Man uses two dogs, shotgun to threaten StarMed testing site employee, CEO says

Off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers are now at all StarMed sites helping with security.

This new location comes as hundreds of people are lining up daily for COVID tests. StarMed tweeted their call center is fielding over 2,000 calls and getting more than 1,500 emails every day.

Staff said three weeks ago it was only a couple hundred calls a day.

In Mecklenburg County, the percent-positivity rate is almost 34% over a seven-day average.

That number has been steadily increasing over the past several weeks. Since Dec. 30, it has climbed nearly 12 percentage points.

County leaders won’t discuss removing the mask mandate until Mecklenburg County has been at 5 percent positivity or lower for at least seven consecutive days.

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