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Free COVID-19 testing event coming to Chesapeake pharmacy on June 26

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:45:31-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A free COVID-19 testing event is coming to the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake on Friday.

The community testing event will occur at Chesapeake Rx, a pharmacy located in the Bainbridge Marketplace shopping center located at 2544 Bainbridge Boulevard, on Friday, June 26, from 10 am to 2 p.m.

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare; The Virginia Office Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Chesapeake Health Department, Buffalow Family & Friends and Chesapeake Rx are working together to provide this event to at-risk members of the community.

The event will provide nasal-swab tests for up to 400 participants. Those who are symptom-free are encouraged to test.

Results will be delivered confidentially in approximately 48 hours.

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Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

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

Tests and supplies will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are encouraged to be patient and practice social distancing.

"All entities have a shared imperative interest to test and educate our fellow residents, especially our minority populations due to their higher risk of severe disease. We want our community to be safe and well," said Dr. Nancy Welch, Director of the Chesapeake Health Department.

Friday's event comes after other recent successful testing events at MacDonald Manor, Geneva Square and The Mount Chesapeake.

More testing will follow.

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