Additional Mass Testing for COVID-19 - May 18

Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, in partnership with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital of Elkin (HCMH) and Northern Regional Hospital (NRH) of Mount Airy, is pleased to once again offer a mass testing on Monday, May 18, 2020. In providing additional mass testing, Surry County hopes to obtain a clearer picture of the COVID-19 status within our communities. 

Testing will take place at same three Surry County locations on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Tests are available on a first come, first serve basis. Test seekers may receive a COVID-19 test with or without symptoms. Through state funding, Surry County residents who are under or uninsured may be tested at no cost to them; there are a limited number of these free tests. Both Northern Regional and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospitals have their own supplies of test kits for those who are insured. For those patients with insurance, please bring a current insurance card, photo identification, and a valid phone number. It is anticipated the results will be available for those tested by Friday, May 22. It is imperative for those tested to understand that they must self-isolate in their homes until they receive their test results. 

Northern Regional Hospital in Mount Airy, will host their drive-thru testing in the NRH parking lot located at the corner of S. South and Haymore Streets. Patients should follow directional signage and enter from Haymore Street. For more details, visit choosenorthern.org/coronavirus. 

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital will host two drive-thru testing sites, one at their main campus in Elkin and a second at Hugh Chatham Express Care in Dobson. To enter the testing site on the hospital campus in Elkin, please enter on the southern entrance of Parkwood Drive directly across from Pruitt Health. The Dobson testing site will be in the parking lot where the Hugh Chatham Express Care is located, on 911 East Atkins Street. Patients visiting either of these locations should follow directional signage for entrance. Additional information will be available on the HCMH Facebook page. 

“COVID-19 is a serious virus with serious implications if let spread freely. Surry County agencies are working tirelessly to protect our citizens and we feel as though offering testing on this larger scale will assist us in our efforts to keep our communities safe,” stated Surry County Health Director Samantha Ange. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our residents, and for those looking to investigate how COVID-19 is spread.” 

Ange continued, “Surry County really is Uniting the Fight against COVID-19 in our approach to collaborate in offering testing, education, and support to our citizens.” 

If you have further questions about this event, please contact Surry County Health and Nutrition Center at (336) 401- 8400. For more general information about COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1 (or 888-892-1162), and to stay up to date on COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus or text COVIDNC to 898211.