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Guilford County provides COVID-19 community testing

Testing for high-risk individuals kicked off Tuesday on UNC Greensboro's campus. The tests are by appointment only.

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Public Health began testing high-risk individuals for COVID-19 on UNCG's campus on Tuesday. 

The health department announced Monday its collaboration with community partners to offer the testing. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to offer community testing in Guilford County thanks to increased testing capacity that has become available from Guilford County Public Health, NCDHHS, and commercial laboratories,” said Dr. Iulia Vann, interim health director for Guilford County Division of Public Health.

According to a press release from Guilford County, tests will be administered by appointment only. 

Vann said increased testing will add to the metrics to build response capacity to the virus.

In efforts to keep the local community safe, the Guilford County Division of Public Health, UNC-Greensboro, and Cone Health have collaborated to offer the testing.

Guilford County Public Health said confidential pre-screening will take place during the initial phone call to confirm a person is a candidate for testing. 

The health department recommends people arrive by car to maintain social distancing. They also said testing is available regardless of insurance status. 

“If the individual has private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, they will be asked to bring their insurance card. If a person is uninsured, testing will still take place,” Guilford County said in a press release.

Testing kicked off Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on UNCG's campus, and will now be available Monday through Friday.

Guilford County said once an appointment is made, then more specific testing site will be given.

The county said test results will be available after three days depending on lab capacity.

Those interested must schedule an appointment in advance by calling (336) 641-7527.

Find out more information by visiting www.guilfordcountync.gov.

Vsit the CDC’s website for qualifications for those who fall under the high-risk category.

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