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Posted on: October 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Health Department to offer free COVID tests daily beginning Oct. 26

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The Orange County Health Department (OCHD) will begin offering daily weekday COVID-19 testing in Hillsborough, starting Monday, Oct. 26.

The testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the parking lot in front of the Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon St. No testing will be offered at the site on Election Day, Nov. 3. Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done online. Be sure to select Orange County when registering.

Regular testing events offered in the county are:

  • Daily ― 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Whitted Human Services Center in Hillsborough. 
  • Every Wednesday ― Alternating each Wednesday between two sites in Chapel Hill: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the R-7 Parking Lot, 725 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. or 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nash Parking Lot on Wilson Street. See the county’s COVID-19 Testing page for each week’s location. 
  • Third Saturday of each month ― 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1701 Jimmy Ed Road in Hurdle Mills. Free flu shots will be offered at this event.
  • Fourth Saturday of each month ― noon to 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill. Free flu shots will be offered at this event.

Testing is drive through or walk up. Anyone can receive a test regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or are a close contact of someone positive for the virus. Registration is offered on site, and the nasal swab tests are billed to insurance or provided free to those without insurance. 

OCHD is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer weekly evaluative testing to university employees and on- and off-campus students at the Wednesday events in Chapel Hill.

For up-to-date testing information, see the county’s COVID-19 Testing page.

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