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15 dead, Davie COVID cases passes 1,000 mark

Davie County Health and Human Services announced that two large scale community testing sites will be opening for Coronavirus testing during the last two weeks of November.

This is happening as Davie passed the 1,000 patient mark for those with Coronavirus and 15 local residents have died with the virus.

OptumServe will provide no-cost drive-thru testing at the Davie County Community Park and Smith Grove Community Center in partnership with NC DHHS and Davie County HHS.

Testing will be available from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Davie County Community Park, 151 Southwood Drive in Mocksville on Monday, Nov. 23, Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25. All testing will be drive-thru, and will occur in the parking lot closest to US 601/Salisbury Road.

During the latter part of the week testing will move to the Smith Grove Community Center at 4177 US 158, Advance.

Drive-thru testing will be held in the circle drive and parking area next door to the Smith Grove Fire Department from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Fridays, Nov. 20 and 27, and Saturdays, Nov. 21 and 28.  There will be no testing on Thanksgiving Day.

“These sites will increase access to testing in Davie County, which will be incredibly helpful since cases have been increasing here and across the state,” said Davie County HHS Director Suzanne Wright.

Anyone who has been exposed or who have symptoms consistent with COVID 19 may make an appointment to be tested, or they may simply show up at either site. Testing is open to all, including persons from other counties. Children ages 1 to 18 can be tested when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and interpreters will be available for Spanish speaking persons.

While insurance is accepted, no ID or insurance is required. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have an ID or driver’s license. The cost of testing will be covered by NC DHHS for those without insurance or who are underinsured.

OptumServe offers two options to register for appointments; Internet registration at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (877) 562-4850. If registering children under 18 registration should be made by phone.