Community, Healthcare, Latest News, News

DHHR to offer free COVID -19 testing

CHARLESTON — As part of Gov. Jim Justice’s initiative to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will provide free testing   July 10-11 in five counties.

Free COVID-19 testing will be held in Marshall, Mercer, Monongalia, Preston and Wayne counties with support from local health departments and state and community partners.

Testing details

 Marshall County 

July 10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., McMechen City Hall, 325 Logan Street

July 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Marshall County Health Department, 513 6th St., Moundsville

Mercer County 

July 11, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Mercer County Health Department, 

978 Blue Prince Road, Bluefield

Monongalia County 

July 10, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Morgantown Farmer’s Market, 400 Spruce St., Morgantown

July 11, 9 a.m.–4  p.m. 661 Green Bag Road, Morgantown

Preston County

July 10-11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Kingwood Elementary School, 207 S. Price St., Kingwood

Wayne County

July 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Dunlow Community Center, 1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road, Dunlow

July 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wayne Elementary School, 80 McGinnis Drive, Wayne

While open to anyone in the community, Marshall, Monongalia, Preston and Wayne counties were selected as part of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, DHHR and the West Virginia National Guard testing initiative focused on counties and communities with high African American populations given the disparities by race being seen with COVID-19 both nationally and in West Virginia.

Mercer County was selected as part of the ongoing effort to expand testing opportunities in areas with evidence of COVID-19 community transmission.

Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, to help in returning test results. Those under   age   18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The testing is free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals.