Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Two COVID-19 Community Testing Events

Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Two COVID-19 Community Testing Events
August 17, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Aug. 17, 2020) — The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will hold two FREE COVID-19 community-based testing events this week at the following locations: Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. - noon Union Baptist Church, 4608 South Blvd. Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. - noonLake Edward Park, at Hampshire Way and Newtown Road (future home of the Virginia African American Cultural Center) At both events, VBDPH staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants must wear a face covering. Walk-up registration and testing will be provided, while supplies last. VBDPH will provide testing only during the events and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around othersElderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible; if not possible, avoid large gatheringsPractice social distancing of 6 feet or moreWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not availableAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthCover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezingClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfacesStay home when you are sickAvoid contact with sick peopleLimit travel as much as possibleInformation regarding COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.###