Buncombe County announces COVID-19 testing sites for week of June 8

Announcement from Buncombe County Health and Human Services:

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:  

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1-4pm

Shiloh Community: Friendship Center

142 Shiloh Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 1-4pm

South Buncombe: Former location of Frugal Back Packer & Carolina Furniture Concepts

2619 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 1-4pm

Enka Community: Buncombe County Sports Park

58 Apac Dr
Asheville, NC 28806

On May 15th, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued updated guidance on who should be tested for COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue

Current NC DHHS 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.

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