Wake County Requires Appointments for COVID-19 Testing Beginning Next Month :: WRAL.com – Community News

Wake County Requires Appointments for COVID-19 Testing Beginning Next Month :: WRAL.com

Beginning December 1, Wake County Public Health will transition to an appointment-only system at its five drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites.

According to officials, the new nomination system will allow the province to prioritize people who are symptomatic, exposed to COVID-19 or at higher risk.

People who need proof of a negative test for work or events will also be given priority.

Testing remains free of charge without identification or insurance.

Beginning Nov. 29, people seeking testing must make an appointment by visiting wakegov.com/testing or calling 1-888-675-4567. Thousands of appointments will be available every day.

“With this new system, they can choose a time that suits them and get in and out without having to wait in long lines,” said Wake County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jose Cabanas.

Appointments are available at 15 minute intervals from 7am to 7pm. All sites use self-administered PCR testing, which requires people to take noses. Results are usually returned within 24 hours.

Wake County test sites include:

  • Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
  • Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
  • Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
  • Parking lot Vision Church RDU, 5808 Departure Drive, Raleigh
  • Wake County Health & Human Services Center Parking Lot, 2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh

You can find other free testing sites across the state through the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

As of Thursday, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising in North Carolina for the fourth day in a row. On average, 20 people lose their lives from the virus every day, but the state reported 52 deaths in the past day.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 booster shot may be available to all adults ages 18 and older starting Friday if approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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