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City of Suffolk to offer COVID-19 drive-thru community testings in June

Suffolk, in partnership with the Western Tidewater Health District, will have two free drive-thru community testing events for COVID-19 on June 5 and June 10.

SUFFOLK, Va. — The City of Suffolk and the Western Tidewater Health District is offering two free drive-thru community testing days for the coronavirus, the first on Friday, June 5 and the second on Wednesday, June 10.

Free testing is available to anyone including children. It is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents can either drive up to the testing site or walk-up. Social distancing will be maintained during the event.

Testing on June 5 is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until tests run out) at the Health & Human Services Building located in Downtown Suffolk at 135 Hall Avenue.

Testing on June 10 is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until tests run out) at Bennett’s Creek Park, located at 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road in North Suffolk. 

Note that this is not an antibody test, and unless you currently have the virus, the testing cannot tell if you have previously been exposed to it.  

According to the city, test results will be provided within three to four business days. Those testing positive will be contacted by phone, while those who test negative will receive notification by mail.

"The Western Tidewater Health District and the Virginia Department of Health are very excited to work alongside the local governments and community stakeholders to provide this testing opportunity to the citizens of the City of Suffolk," Dr. Todd Wagner, district health director, said in a news release.

"This testing opportunity further supports Governor Northam and his Testing Task Force's goal and direction to match COVID-19 testing capacity with testing availability at the most local level." 

For more information, call 757-514-4700.

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