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Local organizations partner to bring free COVID-19 testing to Chesapeake

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 10:45:22-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Local organizations have partnered up to provide free COVID-19 testing for the community on Friday.

The Urban League of Hampton Roads, The Virginia Office Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Chesapeake Health Department, as well as other community leaders have partnered together to provide free COVID-19 testing to an under served community in Chesapeake.

The testing will take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 700 Geneva Avenue.

The event will provide nasal-swab tests for up to 400 participants.

Those who are symptom-free are encouraged to test and do not need to be residents of the Geneva Square community.

Results will be delivered confidentially in approximately 48 hours.

Testing participants will receive food boxes, hand sanitizer, face masks, and other items through partnerships with the Southeastern Virginia Food Bank, Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management, the Governor’s office and other organizations.

“To combat COVID-19 and encourage prevention, our efforts to educate the public include self-awareness and concern for others. They are of utmost importance and one of the primary reasons we are testing within the community.” Reese Jackson, President & CEO of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare commenting on the testing events says, “This event would not be possible without a shared interest from the Chesapeake Department of Health and the Chesapeake Redevelopment Housing Authority.”