Free COVID-19 testing, masks and hand sanitizer to be provided in Virginia Beach on September 11

Virus Outbreak Virginia
Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 18:59:55-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will be holding another free COVID-19 testing event on Friday, Sept. 11.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church on 3229 MacDonald Road.

For this event, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health is offering walk-up registration and testing, while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment.

As a part of Virginia's Health Equity Pilot Program, Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team volunteers will be distributing free masks and hand sanitizer at the event. Anyone who needs these items will not be required to get tested in order to receive them.

Bob Engle, the Virginia Beach Health Department Emergency Coordinator said the testing Friday is open to anyone.

“We've actually done a family from Connecticut they were down here on vacation, they were getting ready to return to Connecticut and wanted to get a test before they returned. We'll do the testing on Friday and a courier service will pick up the test Friday evening. The state lab will conduct the testing over the weekend, and we should have the results on Tuesday,” he said.

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Elderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Limit travel as much as possible.