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Need a COVID-19 test? Here's where to go in the Charlotte area

The holidays are approaching and many families are hoping to get COVID-19 tests ahead of gatherings and get togethers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While vaccine shipments have started arriving, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County health officials are still urging people to not gather in groups or travel for the holidays. 

Governor Roy Cooper has asked people to "re-think what it means to celebrate this December," saying the state is now seeing the post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 spike, and more holiday travel could make things worse. 

Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen both said if you must gather in person this holiday season, do it with COVID precautions in place -- and get a coronavirus test first

"A negative test doesn’t give you a free pass, it just makes it safer," Cooper said. "You still need to wear a mask, stay outdoors, and practice social distancing in case you contracted the virus after you got tested."

RELATED: Americans paying the price for Thanksgiving as virus spreads

Here are the locations available for testing ahead of the Christmas holiday in the greater Charlotte area:

THURSDAY, DEC. 17:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY:

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 8:30 a.m. -  7:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Keith Clinic North (402 E. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Archdale Park & Ride Lot (6230 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GASTON COUNTY:

  • NCCHCA First United Kintegra CDC (190 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • StarMed Mooresville High School (659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville, NC) Open 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Carolina Covid Testing Mooresville/Lake Norman (224 Talbert Rd Mooresville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • NCCHCA KFM Statesville Kintegra CDC (1022 Shelton Ave., Statesville, NC)  Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CATAWBA COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Hickory/Conover (1224 Commerce Street SW Conover, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 18:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC) Open 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Keith Clinic North (402 E. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Archdale Park & Ride Lot (6230 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department  (249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Faith CME Church (457 Wellington St., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • ,Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • ONSMS Quality Comprehensive Health Center (3607 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

CABARRUS COUNTY:

  • Cabarrus Health Alliance (300 Mooresville Rd., Kannapolis, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Hebron Baptist (175 Hebron St., Statesville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CLEVELAND COUNTY:

  • NCCHCA Kings Mountain Kintegra CHC (502 W. King St., Kings Mountain, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 19:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Home Depot University City (8135 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • ONSMS Doc's Pharmacy (2860 Freedom Dr., Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CABARRUS COUNTY:

  • Cabarrus Area & Events Center (Cabarrus Arena & Events Center North Carolina 49 Concord, NC) Open 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CLEVELAND COUNTY:

  • Cleveland County Health Department (200 S. Post Rd., Shelby, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Home Depot (240 Turnersburg Hwy Statesville, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Mitchell Community College (701 W. Front St., Statesville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 20:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Home Depot University City (8135 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Home Depot (240 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MONDAY, DEC. 21:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC) Open 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Keith Clinic North (402 E. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Archdale Park & Ride Lot (6230 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GASTON COUNTY:

  • NCCHCA First United Kintegra CDC (190 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CATAWBA COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Hickory/Conover (1224 Commerce Street SW Conover, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Mooresville/Lake Norman (224 Talbert Rd., Mooresville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Boys & Girls Club (1001 Cochran St., Statesville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • StarMed Lake Norman (8325 Copley Dr., Cornelius, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 22:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Keith Clinic North (402 E. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Archdale Park & Ride Lot (6230 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CATAWBA COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Hickory/Conover (1224 Commerce Street SW Conover, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Mooresville/Lake Norman (224 Talbert Rd., Mooresville, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 23:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: 

  • StarMed Freemore West (4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC) Open 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Old Eastland Mall Parking Lot (Eastland CTC, Charlotte, NC) Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Keith Clinic North (402 E. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 am. - 2:00 p.m.
  • StarMed Archdale Park & Ride Lot (6230 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CATAWBA COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Hickory/Conover (1224 Commerce Street SW Conover, NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

IREDELL COUNTY:

  • Carolina Covid Testing Mooresville/Lake Norman (224 Talbert Rd., Mooresville,NC) Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional testing sites include:

  • Urgent Care Facilities (hours and locations vary)
  • Primary Care Offices 
  • CVS/Walgreens locations (hours and locations vary)

You can also use the map below to find testing sites close to you by typing in your location. 

If the embed above does not work, click here to access the COVID-19 testing sites map tool for Mecklenburg County.

Health officials say with demand for testing increasing, the turnaround for results is increasing as well. Patients should expect a three to four day turnaround time.

RELATED: COVID-19 test result times increasing in Mecklenburg County

To see if there's a community testing event near you, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' website.

To find a testing site in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control website. 

According to Mecklenburg County health officials, COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone who:

  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Had close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Is higher risk due to age, health conditions, or employment
  • Recently attended any gathering 
  • Is planning to travel, especially based on destination
  • Plan to be in close contact with individuals who are considered high-risk

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