PETERSBURG, Va. – Several COVID-19 community testing events have been scheduled in the Crater Health District during the week of May 23-30.
The testing is being offered for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, are age 65 and older, work in a congregate setting, or have underlying medical conditions.
Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
• Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
• Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
• Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
• Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
• Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
• Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
• Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell
Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing.
To register and prescreen, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.
Those that meet prescreening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.