RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health is expanding opportunities for COVID-19 testing this month. There are now 170 additional Community Testing Events scheduled for September.
According to a VDH release, the additional testing events were added due to cases rises from the Delta variant.
“While our local health departments, pharmacies and hospitals are working to keep up with the demand for testing, we are providing additional testing locations to accommodate our residents and to help reserve our hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies,” said Dr. Laurie Forlano, DO, MPH, deputy director, Office of Epidemiology.
The extra testing events were scheduled based on community need. Local health departments can provide more information about community testing events in your area. The Virginia Department of Health also provides a list of places that offer COVID-19 testing.
According to the VDH people should get tested if they:
- Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Have had contact with someone with COVID-19
- Have done something that puts them at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure such as travel or attending large events
- Have been referred for testing by a healthcare provider or health department
- Plan to travel
- Are not fully vaccinated and plan to visit someone who is high risk