Virginia Beach Department of Public Health to host free COVID-19 testing event on Friday

Posted at 4:55 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 07:40:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health plans to hold a free COVID-19 community-based testing event.

On Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to noon, residents can get tested at the First Lynnhaven Baptist Church located at 2744 Robert Jackson Drive.

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. Those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms should seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

The city is also partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Commonwealth’s Health Equity Taskforce to give out 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to communities that are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The first distribution event is scheduled in conjunction with the free COVID-19 testing.

The second event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8 - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Level Green Park on Level Green Boulevard.

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.