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Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing coming to TCC Portsmouth Campus on December 17

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 16:08:08-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - If you live in Portsmouth and still need to get tested for COVID-19, there will be a community-based testing event coming to a local college campus next week.

The Portsmouth Health District will hold the event for Portsmouth residents on Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tidewater Community College Portsmouth Campus, located at 120 Campus Drive. This will be a free drive-thru event, and anyone planning on attending will stay in their vehicles and wear a face covering.

You must be at least 16 years old and must bring a valid identification to the testing site. More instructions will be given when you arrive.

“The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to the continued fight against COVID-19. Routine community testing is essential, especially amid rising cases. We hope that these testing opportunities allow people to know if they are positive and make informed decisions to protect the health of their family and community”, said Portsmouth Health Director Dr. Lauren James.

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:

Wear a mask (also known as a cloth face covering) when around others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Stay home as much as possible and limit visitors in your household (they may have been exposed to the virus and not show symptoms)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor

For the most accurate and up-to-date information online, visit the Virginia Department of Health's official website.

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