Thanksgiving is right around the corner and some of you may still have family coming in town even during these times but you may want them to get tested or you may want to get tested before going out of town. There are places around charlotte who are testing and I’ve got a list of them for you.
A list of testing location options locally is below.
But health officials warn people should still take other precautions in addition to testing. Ahead of the holiday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday issued an executive order lowering the number of people allowed to gather indoors at once from 25 to 10, which officials say includes in-home parties or dinners.
“If you test positive, stay home and isolate. If you test negative, it’s not a free pass,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said, adding that if you aren’t diagnosed with COVID-19, you should still wash your hands frequently, keep your distance from others and wear a mask.
If your holiday plans include going out of town, visit the CDC’s information page on safe travel during the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns: “Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”
WHERE TO GET A COVID-19 TEST IN CHARLOTTE
In addition to StarMed, many pharmacies, clinics and doctor’s offices in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County offer COVID-19 testing. Health officials encourage people to call or pre-register as sites have different eligibility requirements for testing. Tests are typically covered under most insurances or offered at no cost for uninsured patients. Individual testing sites can provide more information about a specific patient’s costs.
▪ Atrium Health is offering COVID-19 testing at several locations throughout Mecklenburg County, as well as a mobile screening unit. To view testing eligibility and locations, make an appointment and read when to expect testing results, visit Atrium’s website.
Online, Atrium posts the weekly schedule of its testing “bus” which moves around the county and provides testing with no out-of-pocket costs, including for people without health insurance.
▪ Novant Health has centralized its screening to a site on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Drive-up tests are available 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, or patients can make an appoinment online, where patients can also find information for weekend and evening testing at four Charlotte area urgent care locations.
▪ Tryon Medical Partners has two satellite testing locations in Matthews and Midtown Charlotte. Residents seeking a test must call ahead or attend a virtual urgent care appointment.
▪ CVS locations in the Charlotte area are offering drive-thru testing. Patients will be asked a number of screening questions about their health history, possible COVID-19 symptoms and known exposure to the virus.
TESTS IN GASTON, UNION, IREDELL AND CABARRUS
The state health department has a list of testing sites across North Carolina on its website. Some sites may ask for identification, and people are encouraged to contact the site before arriving to answer any questions.
Union County’s health department has a list of testing sites on its website, as does the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the Iredell County Health Department.
In Gaston County, testing provider Kintegra has sites open Monday through Thursday. Call 704-874-3316 to pre-register. A second provider, Optum, operates Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays for drive-thru testing. Go to the testing registration website for more information.