JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — Health officials are putting an emphasis on testing for coronavirus in under-tested and underserved communities on the Peninsula.
Faith-Based Leaders and the Peninsula Health Department are partnering with Sentara Healthcare in offering free testing in James City County.
Testing will occur at three locations in the next few weeks:
- June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Chickahominy Baptist Church, 2900 Chickahominy Road
- July 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Avenue
- July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Little Zion Baptist Church, 8625 Pocahontas Trail
Testing is for individuals experiencing at least one COVID-19 symptom, living or working in a group setting, or an essential worker at high-risk for exposure.
Symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Feeling feverish
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
- In the elderly, there may also be a change in behavior and/or appetite.
Testing is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Participants can choose between a “drive-through option” or “walk-up” option. Social distancing must be followed at all times.
Testing event lines will cut-off 15 minutes prior to testing end time to help ensure each site wraps up in a timely manner so the team can travel to the next location. Those in line before that cut-off, will be seen as long as tests are available.
Testing is completely free and confidential. Sentara Healthcare will call all residents with their results, both negative and positive, within 72 hours of test collection. It may take longer in certain circumstances.