Buncombe COVID-19 testing sites open 2-6 p.m. on March 19

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services:

To serve all members of our community, Buncombe County Health and Human Services will operate two drive through COVID-19 testing sites. The sites will be open on Thursday, March 19th from 2 – 6 pm. Testing sites will be located at Biltmore Church in Arden and at UNC Asheville off of W.T. Weaver Boulevard. The public can find operational times at www.buncombecounty.org/bcready.

The testing site is staffed by medical providers from BCHHS. Testing is available to all members of our community, regardless of their income or ability to pay. We ask that community members be patient throughout the screening and testing process.

Please note: This COVID-19 drive-thru testing is specifically available for community members who:
– Have a fever combined with either a cough or shortness of breath.
– Have contact with someone with known COVID-19 and are experiencing any of the symptoms: fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Community screening drive-thru testing instructions:
1. Drive to one of the following locations:
a. Biltmore Church at 35 Clayton Road, Arden, North Carolina 28704
b. UNC Asheville Campus, parking lot P28 on University Heights off of W.T. Weaver Boulevard
2. Follow the signs for the parking lot where testing will be conducted.
3. Stay in your vehicle. An employee will direct where to go and will give you the necessary paperwork before conducting testing and guide you throughout the entire process.

We ask for your patience with our dedicated healthcare workers as we strive to provide this important community service. We ask that the media and community members who are not being testing for COVID-19 to not enter the testing site. This is an unprecedented public health event in our community and it will take all of us working together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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