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COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County


In-Person Testing Options 

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 Asheville Mall 
    • Mondays & Fridays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
    • Click Here to pre-register 

Note: Please do not visit a hospital emergency department for a COVID-19 test. If you feel unwell, it is important to get tested and isolate until your symptoms improve.

Home Testing Options 

  • Federal Home Test Kit Delivery 
    • Click Here to order free at-home tests 
    • Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)
    • Update: Every home in the U.S. is eligible for a 3rd order of free at-home tests
      • Each order now includes rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
      • Packages ship free 
  • State Home Test Kit Delivery  
    • Click Here to request a free at-home PCR test kit  

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 

If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately: 

  • 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 

*This does not list 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. 

Equity Focused Test Distribution:  

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) Public Health has purchased a limited number of at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits to distribute while testing demand remains high. The testing kits will be distributed in two ways to ensure equity and coverage throughout the county.  

Public Health has identified equity-focused community organizations that work in one or more of the following domains: 1) Service to Historically Marginalized Populations, 2) Service in Low-Income Areas, and/or 3) Service in Rural Communities. These organizations will receive test kits and face coverings that they will provide to their service population and/or community events serving their populations.T hese partners will provide at least one (1) kit per adult but no more than two (2) kits per adult and a face covering per kit. Each test kit box contains one (1) at-home test, instructions for use, and guidance for testing and isolation and a KN95 face mask. These items are free and no identification is needed to obtain these supplies. 

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Updated Aug 03, 2022 09:31 AM
Published Apr 30, 2020 12:45 PM

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