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COVID-19 testing event coming to Woodstock

6 June 2020 Covid19 Shenandoah County News

The Lord Fairfax Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, June 8. There will only be 500 tests available, which will be carried out on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will last until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Testing offered will be a nasal swab sample. In this kind of test, a long stick with a soft brush is inserted into the nose and twirled around for a few seconds. Though mildly uncomfortable, this test method is more reliable than others. Because this test looks for current viral loads in your system, if you are early enough in your infection, the test may come back negative. Notably, the test does not look for antibodies, so it will not confirm if you have already had COVID-19.

Participants must be age 10 or older and will be required to provide consent for testing and contact information for proper follow-up. All participants must remain in vehicles; no walk-ups will be tested. Participants should be seated near a window. Please wear a cloth face covering or mask and maintain social distancing.

According to Dr. Colin Greene, District Director, Woodstock was selected as the location for this event “due to the presence of several outbreaks in Shenandoah County, and a desire to reach out to members of the medically under-served community, many of whom live in the area.” Dr. Greene also implied that there will be more testing sessions in the future.

For more information, call the Lord Fairfax Health District at 540-459-3733.

To stay up to date on COVID-19 in the Shenandoah Valley, see our COVID-19 updates post.

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