Free COVID-19 testing offered for uninsured Richmonders

Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 12:11:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A COVID-19 community testing event will be held in Gilpin Court Thursday.

The free testing is being offered for people who may not have insurance, or whose insurance does not cover COVID-19.

It’s the last of three walk up testing events in Richmond Public Housing communities this week.

Due to the forecast for rain, testing will be conducted indoors at the Calhoun Center, 436 Calhoun Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Testing is intended for symptomatic persons (shortness of breath, cough, fever, etc.) and persons with underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk.

Health officials say COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted African Americans and other people of color in the City of Richmond.

On Tuesday, officials said 13 out of the 14 deaths COVID-19 related deaths in Richmond city were African Americans.

Richmond residents interested in being tested should call the Health District hotline at 804-205-3501 to register and for information.

Walk-in testing will be available for eligible people but cannot be guaranteed, as testing availability is limited.

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COVID-19 Precautions

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.