Rowley, NC. (WNCT) The North and Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the selection of an opt-out survey of additional vendors to increase CVD-19 testing capacity in the state.
These new community testing sites work to increase North Carolina’s ongoing work to increase test access and gradually increase viral proliferation in the original location, with previously announced significance in seven counties.
“Testing is a key component of North Carolina’s response to this epidemic, and it means ensuring that the challenges of cost and access never act as a barrier to the necessary testing. As we expand the free community testing options, we’re helping North Carolinans stay informed about their health and reduce the prevalence of COVD-19, “said Mandy Cohen, secretary of the MCD NCDHS.
Optom Serv will be joined by two selected vendors, North Carolina Community Health Center Association and Starmed Urgent and Family Care PA, clinical and administrative staff, tents, marketing materials, sample collection supplies, registration and translation services including interpreter – and timely testing results. Will acquire commercial-laboratory capacity for delivery.
As with all NCDHHS-supported test sites, no co-pay or expenses will be shared for anyone taking the test, including North Carolinans who are not insured.
In total, 230 sites have been planned across 80 counties in September and October to three test vendors.
The NCDHSS selected locations for the test sites based on epidemic trends and local health department reports.
Key considerations include the severity and overall rate of case growth, the share of new cases among historically marginalized populations, and the current level of trial access.
OptomServ will initially support testing sites in 26 counties: Alamens, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Burke, Chauan, Clay, Cumberland, Dewey, Durham, Azzambe, Gaston, Green, Halifax, Hartford, Hawk, Johnston, McDowell, Montgomery, Orange, Pamilico, Robeson, Scotland, Stanley, Sari and Yadkin counties.
For a list of up-to-date events, see the Community Testing Events page on the NCDHHS Covid-19 website, or search my test site for search sites.
For more information and information about the North Carolina test strategy, visit the North Carolina COVID-19 Dashboard.