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Another drive-through testing event added

The city of Suffolk, in partnership with the Western Tidewater Health District, has added another free drive-through community testing event.

An event next Friday, June 5, already had been announced. Another has been added on June 10.

The June 5 testing will take place at the Health & Human Services Building, 135 Hall Ave.

The June 10 testing will take place at Bennett’s Creek Park, located at 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road.

On both days, testing for COVID-19 will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until tests run out, according to a city press release.

Testing is for any individual, including children, who comes to the testing sites, on a first-come, first-served basis. People who wish to be tested can drive up or walk up. Social distancing will be required for those walking up.

All testing offered at these locations is free.

The tests are a nasopharyngeal swab that tests for current presence of the virus, the press release stated. Asymptomatic carriers may test positive if they have the virus. This is not an antibody test, and unless you currently have the virus, it cannot tell if you have previously been exposed to it. Test results will be provided within three to four business days. Those testing positive will be contacted by phone. Those testing negative will be sent results via U.S. mail to the address provided.

For more information, call 514-4700.