Wake County begins requiring appointments for COVID-19 testing
Beginning Dec. 1, Wake County Public Health will move to an appointment-only system at its five drive-thru testing sites.Posted — Updated
Beginning Dec. 1, Wake County Public Health will move to an appointment-only system at its five drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites.
According to officials, the new appointment system will allow the county to prioritize people who are symptomatic, have been exposed to COVID-19 or are at higher risk.
People who need proof of a negative test for work or events will also be prioritized.
Testing will remain no-cost with no ID or insurance required.
“This new system will allow them to select a time convenient for them and get in and out without waiting in long lines," said Wake County Chief Medical Officer Dr. José Cabañas.
Appointments will be available in 15-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All sites use self-administered PCR tests, which require people to swab inside their nose. Results are usually returned in less than 24 hours.
Wake County’s testing locations include:
- Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
- Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
- Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
- Vision Church RDU Parking Lot, 5808 Departure Drive, Raleigh
- Wake County Health & Human Services Center Parking Lot, 2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh
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