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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- At Home COVID Test Kits Available for Pick-Up 
    • Mondays & Fridays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
    • Click Here to 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

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 

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. 

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Updated Aug 23, 2022 02:23 PM
Published Apr 30, 2020 12:45 PM

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