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COVID-19 Testing and Treatment in Buncombe County

COVID-19 Testing and Treatment in Buncombe County


Testing and Treatment Options 

There are Test-to-Treat locations in Buncombe County where an individual can receive a COVID test and then receive a prescription for treatment, if they meet criteria, in one place- during the same visit.

Telehealth visits through StarMed are also available for any COVID-19 positive patients, ages 12 and older. More info on this service can be found here

There are several ways to find testing near you. The NCDHHS Website: Find My Testing Place website is the best way to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.  

In Buncombe County:  

  • StarMed at WIC West- 339 New Leicester Hwy in Asheville
    • Services
      • On Site PCR and Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing
      • COVID-19 Test To Treat
      • On Site Flu Testing
      • 10 At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits for those who request them.
    • Mondays & Fridays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
    • Click Here to register 

COVID-19 Treatment Options

  • Free telemedicine appointments to screen for COVID-19 treatment eligibility will be available, while funding allows, to North Carolinians who have tested positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test or other method.
  • To set up an appointment visit or call 704-941-6000, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • The telemedicine program will last from mid-December until funding runs out, which is estimated to be about mid-March.
  • Interpretation services are avaialble and registration forms come in several langauges.

Home Testing Options

At Home COVID-19 Test Kits are available to Buncombe residents through a variety of programs. Click Here to learn more and request your test kits.

Testing Information & Guidance 

When to Seek Testing 

Seek testing if you start experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

When to Seek Medical Attention 

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID 19:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

If someone is showing any of these signs, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you

Paying for COVID-19 Testing: 

New laws require most health insurance plans to fully pay for COVID testing when there is a medical reason for the test (such as having symptoms or contact with someone with COVID). If you do not have insurance, some clinics may use a government program to pay for the cost of your test. Other clinics may offer charity care assistance or sliding scale options for payment. Check with your provider about these details. 

COVID-19 testing and treatment will not affect immigration applications or public charge status. 

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Updated Dec 30, 2022 03:18 PM
Published Apr 30, 2020 12:45 PM

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