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Gov. Northam stops by COVID-19 testing event at Cuffee Community Center in Chesapeake

Governor Northam will be in attendance. The event will provide nasal-swab tests for up to 400 participants. Those who are symptom-free are encouraged to test.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Governor Northam made an appearance at a COVID-19 testing event at the Cuffee Community Center where South Norfolk residents can get a free test.

The testing event aims to reach the underserved communities in Chesapeake and help stop the spread of COVID-19 with awareness and education about how to prevent contracting it.

The community testing event runs through 2 p.m. and there will be a short program for the governor's visit.

The event will provide nasal-swab tests for up to 400 participants. 

Those who are symptom-free are encouraged to test. Results will be delivered confidentially in approximately 48 hours.   

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, the Virginia Office Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Chesapeake Health Department, Buffalow Family & Friends, the South Norfolk community of churches and the Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority are working together to provide free COVID-19 testing to at-risk members of the community, according to a news release. 

Participants will receive food boxes, hand sanitizer, face masks, and other items through partnerships with the Southeastern Virginia Food Bank, Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management, the Governor’s office and other organizations. 

Tests and supplies will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Social distancing will be practiced at this event and masks must be worn.

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