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Health district to host COVID-19 testing events

The Western Tidewater Health District has announced a series of testing events for September, following up on a similar slate of events in August.

The testing events will take place in Suffolk, Franklin, Smithfield and Windsor on seven different days next month, and all are free.

The test determines whether someone has COVID-19 at the time the test is given, and people will receive a result three to four days after being tested. The health department will call anyone who receives a positive result.

Anyone, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, can get tested. Those getting tested will need to bring photo identification.

By the end of August, the health district will have hosted nine testing events.

The seven-day positivity rate statewide through Aug. 23 — the most recent reporting date — is 6.5%. In Western Tidewater, which includes Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County, the positivity rate is 11.7%, down from 14.2% Aug. 4.

Among localities in South Hampton Roads, the positivity rate is trending down. Portsmouth’s seven-day positivity rate is the highest at 12.3%, followed by Chesapeake (11.8%), Western Tidewater, Norfolk (7.8%). and Virginia Beach (6%).

Upcoming COVID-19 testing

  • Sept. 8 — Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 11 — Sentara BelleHarbour, 3920A Bridge Road, Suffolk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 14 — Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway, Windsor, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 18 — Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 — Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 25 — Sentara BelleHarbour, 3920A Bridge Road, Suffolk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 28 — Main Street Baptist Church, 517 Main St., Smithfield, 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m.