Meck County holds free COVID-19 drive-thru, walk-in testing event

Meck County holds free COVID-19 drive-thru, walk-in testing event

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Mecklenburg County, in partnership with Mako Medical, will be holding a COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-in testing event this weekend.

The event will be at the Valerie C. Woodard Center on Freedom Drive via the Ashley Road entrance. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Officials ask that people wear a cloth face covering and bring a valid form of identification and insurance card if they have insurance.

People can get tested even if they don’t have insurance, and it is free.

The testing is available for people who have symptoms, had close contact with someone who had COVID-19, have high-risk factors due to health conditions or working environment, or have recently gone to a mass gathering or protest.

Channel 9′s Erin Edwards was at the event Saturday where hundreds of cars lined up to get tested.

“We’re just really thankful that this exists and we can get tested,” Charlotte resident Zev Cheen said.

Cheen said his friend’s father tested positive, and he wanted to get tested to have some peace of mind.

While some people waited for 30 to 45 minutes, others decided to take advantage of the short wait at the walk-up testing site.

“When I looked I was like, wow. And just to see how calm and organized it is is really nice,” Charlotte resident Raymon Hunsucker said.

For more information on the testing event, visit the Mecklenburg County website.

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