Press release from Buncombe County:
Buncombe County Government and Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) will offer community-based COVID-19 testing in the coming weeks for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This is an important and necessary step in understanding and addressing the spread of COVID-19 in Buncombe County.
Due to historic and present-day inequities, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 both locally and nationally. Buncombe County Emergency Operations Center’s Rapid Response & Recovery Equity Action Team is identifying the testing site locations based on an equity analysis reliant on relevant data and community input.
COVID-19 Testing Sites for Buncombe County Residents:
- Klondyke Apartments, Tuesday, June 2, 1-4 p.m.
- Pisgah View Apartments, Wednesday, June 3, 1-4 p.m.
- Big Ivy/Barnardsville, Thursday June 4, 1-4 p.m.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance on who should be tested for COVID-19. Additionally, the symptoms of COVID-19 have expanded to include sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
The new guidance recommends that clinicians ensure the following populations have access to testing, regardless of symptoms:
- Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
- Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms
- Persons who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)
- Persons who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions)
- Persons who come from historically marginalized populations
- Health care workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military)
- Front-line and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain
What Are the Costs?
Testing is available to both the insured and uninsured, with no out of pocket cost. Those with health insurance should bring their insurance information with them to the testing site. Language access services will be available at all sites during hours of operation.
In addition to these community-based testing sites, for those who are unable to obtain COVID-19 testing through their primary care provider, CVS on Hendersonville Road, MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore, Mercy Urgent Care, Mission Virtual Clinic and Range Urgent Care have all expanded testing access. Please see a map here of COVID-19 testing locations and visit their website or call before showing up. The public can also use the COVID-19 Self Checker to assess their symptoms and get connected to testing.
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing in Buncombe County, please visit www.buncombeready.org or call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. We stand ready to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Language access services will be available at all sites during hours of operation. To ensure that we meet the needs of our community, testing partners will continue to assess the locations and hours of testing sites.