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JEFFERSON — AppHealthCare is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to offer COVID-19 testing for Ashe County residents. Drive-thru testing will be available Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Ashe County High School located at 184 Campus Drive in West Jefferson.

Individuals must be residents of Ashe County and over 10 years of age. There is no cost for testing and no appointment is needed. Testing is available regardless of insurance status.

If you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance information. Participants should be notified by Monday, Aug. 3 of their test results.

We encourage individuals to be tested who meet the current guidance for testing:

· Have COVID-19 symptoms

· Are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

· May have been exposed to COVID-19

· Work as a first responder or are in law enforcement, fire department or healthcare

· Work in a setting where social distancing is difficult to maintain

· Are part of a historically marginalized population who may be at higher risk for exposure

· Have attended mass gatherings, like protests or rallies

“We are grateful for the partnership with Mako Medical Laboratories, support from Ashe County and Ashe County Schools allowing parking lot space to provide this drive-through testing event, free of charge, for the Ashe County community," said Jennifer Greene, Health Director at AppHealthCare. "With the increases in COVID-19 cases locally, we know this is an important step to take to further identify and control the spread of this virus and protect the public’s health."

If you have questions about the testing event, the AppHealthCare COVID-19 call center is available to take your calls during regular business hours at (828) 795-1970 and you can also email questions to preparedness@apphealth.com.

AppHealthCare is available and on-call 24/7 to respond to public health emergencies.

To reach us, call Watauga (828) 264-4995, Ashe (336) 246-9449 or Alleghany (336) 372-5641 anytime and follow the prompts.

For more information, visit www.AppHealthCare.com and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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