New COVID-19 testing site opens in Newport News Monday

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-07 23:14:50-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — We've been telling you about the demand for COVID-19 test throughout Hampton Roads. Some people even tell us making an appointment has been difficult, but soon families can see some relief. Monday, a new testing site will be coming to Newport News.

The testing site will be in the Sherwood Shopping Center on Warwick Blvd.

Virginia Department of Health leaders tell News 3 the site will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only, and health leaders are prepared for whatever comes their way.

Gov. Ralph Northam said he's aware of the national shortage of rapid and PCR tests and has allocated $5 million for new testing centers across Virginia.

Suzanne Trotter, a registered nurse and VDH COVID-19 Testing Unit Lead, said, "We're hiring with another emergency response vendor that does has staffing that will come. They will be fully stood up with personnel to provide enough testing per test kit that we receive, and no one will be turned away from an appointment."

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VDH leaders do not know how many tests they will be administering every day, but they tell me families won't have to worry about them running out.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage.

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