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Free drive-thru, walk-up COVID-19 testing coming to Suffolk July 20-22

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Posted at 9:01 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 21:01:09-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues, more testing events are coming to the City of Suffolk.

The city and the Western Tidewater Health District have partnered with several faith-based organizations throughout Suffolk to provide free walk-up and drive-thru testing opportunities on a first-come, first-served basis until tests run out.

These events will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 20 - 9-11 a.m., Whaleyville Recreation Center, 132 Robertson Street
  • Monday, July 20 - 1-3 p.m., Oakland Christian United Church of Christ, 5641 Godwin Boulevard
  • Tuesday, July 21 - 9-11 a.m., Suffolk Health Department, 135 Hall Avenue
  • Wednesday, July 22 - 11a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church – Mahan Street, 112 Mahan Street
  • Wednesday, July 22 - 3-5 p.m., Balm Church, 523 E. Washington Street

Anyone who wishes to be tested may either drive up to the testing sites or walk up directly.

All testing offered at these locations is free.

Social distancing in the walk-up portion of the facility will be required. Free hand sanitizers and face masks will also be provided to attendees, courtesy of the Governor’s Equity Task Force.

The tests are a nasopharyngeal swab that tests for current presence of the virus. Asymptomatic carriers may test positive if they have the virus. This is not an antibody test, and unless you currently have the virus, cannot tell if you have previously been exposed to it.

Test results will be provided within three to four business days. Those who test positive will be contacted by phone. Those testing negative will be sent results via U.S. Mail to the address they provide officials.

You do not need to be a parishioner or member of the participating churches in order to receive this free testing.

For more information, call 757-514-4700.

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