Large-scale COVID-19 community testing event held in Petersburg

Posted at 8:45 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 12:44:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A large-scale COVID-19 commiunity testing event took place at the Petersburg Sports Complexg Saturday.

The testing, whcih was by appointment only, was for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

Members of the Virginia National Guard operated the testing site.

"These soldiers here come from the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and response force out of Richmond," Commander Harrison said. " And these soldiers are trained in high levels of PPE and also dealing with hazardous materials and also health safety protocols. So what helps about this, is they're able to deploy those skills in this type of mission."

Health department data show 86 people in Petersburg have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

The Crater Health District is holding several other community testing events, so anyone who would like to be tested must call 804-863-1652 and select option 1 for a screening interview.

Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time.

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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.