By Jeanna Baxter White
With COVID-19 on the rise in North Carolina, Davie County Health and Human Services (DCHHSS) has announced that two large scale community testing sites will be opening for Coronavirus testing during the last two weeks of November.
Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Davie County Community Park, 151 Southwood Drive in Mocksville Monday, November 16th and 23rd; Tuesday, November 17th and 24th; and Wednesday, November 18th and 25th. All testing will be drive-thru and will occur in the parking lot closest to Hwy 601/Salisbury Road.
During the latter part of the week, testing will move to the Smith Grove Community Center, located at 4177 US Hwy 158 in Advance. Drive-thru testing will be held in the circle drive and parking area next door to the Smith Grove Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday’ November 19th: Friday, November 20th and 27th; and Saturday, November 21st and 28th. Please note: There will be no testing on Thanksgiving Day.
“These sites will increase access to testing in Davie County, which will be incredibly helpful since cases have been increasing here and across the state,” said Davie County HHS Director, Suzanne Wright.
Anyone who has been exposed or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may make an appointment to be tested, or they may simply show up at either site.
Testing is open to all, including persons from other counties.
Children ages 1 to 18 can be tested when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and interpreters will be available for Spanish speaking persons.
While insurance is accepted, no ID or insurance is required. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have an ID or driver’s license. The cost of testing will be covered by NC DHHS for those without insurance or who are underinsured.
OptumServe offers two options to register for appointments; Internet registration at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (877) 562-4850. If you are registering children under 18 registration should be made by phone.
Davie County is trending with the rest of North Carolina with an increased number of lab-confirmed COVID positive residents, according to numbers released by DCHHS on Monday.
Since the County’s tally began in mid-March, 901 residents have tested positive for the virus and 769 have recovered. There have been 14 deaths.
Approximately 118 local residents are currently COVID-19 positive with six being treated in the hospital.
Over 10,000 tests have been administered locally which includes some people who have been tested more than once. Follow the DCHHS Facebook page for local coronavirus updates.
To do their part in helping to slow the spread of the virus, many Davie County businesses and organizations are participating in Count on Me NC, an evidence-based training program that provides specific guidance to restaurants, hotels, attractions, and other businesses on best practices for North Carolina’s phased reopening. Learn more HERE.
To flatten the curve, Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order 176, which extends Phase 3 until at least 5 p.m. on Dec. 4th and reduces the indoor gathering limit from 25 to 10 people. Learn more HERE.