NORFOLK, Va. (WFXR/WAVY) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has announced a partnership with Health and Human Services’ Increasing Community Access to Testing program to provide COVID-19 testing at no cost at select Dollar General locations in Virginia – including several locations in Hampton Roads.
The pilot testing program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began on June 3 and will continue through Wednesday, June 23 on staggered days at participating locations.
The CDC Foundation, a partner in the testing events, will offer a pair of cloth face masks or a $10 Visa gift card will be offered to individuals who receive a COVID-19 rapid antigen point-of-care test at participating Dollar General stores from Thursday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 23.
The dates and times for participating locations in Hampton Roads are:
4008 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA 23518
- Monday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 9
- Monday, June 14 – Wednesday June 16
- Monday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 23·
8766 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185
- Thursday, June 3 – Sunday, June 6
- Thursday, June 10 – Sunday, June 13
- Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20
All tests will be offered between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“The partnership is designed to make testing opportunities readily available for vulnerable communities. Testing is an important tool to identify individuals who are asymptomatic and to monitor trends in the infection, which is essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”Dr. Parham Jaberi, Acting District Health Director for the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Health Departments & Chief Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and Preparedness
Rapid antigen tests are designed for a quick diagnosis of COVID-19 that normally provides a result in approximately 15 minutes.
The test is administered by a licensed healthcare provider using a nasal swab.