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Health district provides free COVID-19 testing

The Virginia Department of Health will be providing free COVID-19 testing at Bon Secours – Southampton Memorial Hospital’s Satellite Lab beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The lab is located at 102 Fairview Drive in Franklin, and the event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Western Tidewater Health District news release continued by stating that this testing service will be offered every Wednesday through Oct. 27.

Those seeking a test are asked to enter through the main entrance, take the first left, and the satellite lab will be straight ahead.

All are welcome. No registration needed. Attendees can expect to receive the results of this PCR test within 72 hours. Rapid tests will be offered to those who fit the screening criteria.

This free testing event is being provided in response to an increased testing demand and a limited number of testing options in the community. 

For questions about the event logistics or services provided, call 757-514-4766.

While testing remains an important tool in mitigating the spread of SARS-CoV-2, Western Tidewater Health District reminds its residents that vaccination is the best way to prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19. Masking, socially distancing and frequent handwashing are other tools proven effective in reducing the spread of this virus.