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COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County

Community COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is available for people who think that they may have COVID-19. The Buncombe Ready COVID-19 Self Checker can help you assess whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19.

If your primary care provider does not offer COVID-19 testing, they can refer you to an option that works for you. Please go online or call ahead to schedule a visit and to confirm the location of the testing site.

Testing guidance for COVID-19 has expanded to encourage the following individuals to get tested for COVID-19 at one of the locations listed below or at a community testing site. 

Testing is suggested for the following: 

  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
  • Anyone (with or without symptoms) who is a close contact of a known positive case
  • Anyone (with or without symptoms) in the following groups who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19:
    • Persons who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)
    • Persons who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions)
    • Historically marginalized populations
    • Healthcare workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military)
    • Front-line and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction workers, food processing plant workers, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain
    • People who attended mass gatherings (protests, marches, rallies, funerals, parties, cookouts, etc.), particularly if they were in crowds or other situations where they couldn’t practice effective social distancing

Paying for COVID-19 Testing:

If you have private insurance, payment should be covered by your insurance company. If you are uninsured, please ask about the CARES Act which may cover the cost of the medical provider assessment and testing for COVID-19. Some providers offer charity care assistance or sliding scale options for payment. Check with your provider about these details.

Where to get tested for COVID-19:

Contact your healthcare provider to see if testing is available at their clinic. If not, click here to find a clinic that offers testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

Symptoms Include:

  • 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

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

This list does not include all symptoms. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

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 or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Testing is available to everyone regardless of their race, income, gender, ethnicity, citizenship status, or religion. COVID-19 testing will not impact your ability to receive future public assistance benefits or public charge status.

Community-Based Testing Sites:

Permanent Buncombe County community-based testing sites are listed below. While everyone can get tested for COVID-19 at these sites, it is most important for those who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19 to get tested.

People who do not live in Buncombe County or North Carolina should contact the Communicable Disease Hotline at (828) 250-5300 to find more information about testing prior to showing up at the community testing sites. 

These testing sites will be active on their respective days, from June 30th to September 6th. The sites are designed as drive-thru but people who walk up for will not be turned away. 

To prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 to older or high risk adults, it is important that people who work in long term care or congregate care settings get tested for COVID-19. Early testing hours for staff of long term and congregate care facilities will be offered at the Swannanoa Ingles on Tuesdays and the Buncombe County Sports Park on Thursdays, from 9:30- 10:30 am.

We ask that the public excercise patience while waiting to be tested. It is also important to wear a face covering and keep at least 6' between yourself and others if outside of your car. 

COVID-19 Testing Sites for Buncombe County Residents:  

  • East Buncombe
    2217 US 70 Hwy., Swannanoa (Ingles Parking Lot)
    Every Tuesday, Beginning June 30th
    Testing will be from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm

    • Early testing hours for staff of long term and congregate care facilities will be offered at the Swannanoa Ingles from 9:30- 10:30 am.

  • South West Buncombe
    58 Apac Dr., Asheville (Buncombe County Sports Park)
    Every Thursday, beginning July 2nd
    Testing will be from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm

    • Early testing hours for staff of long term and congregate care facilities will be offered at the Sports Park from 9:30- 10:30 am.

  • Central Buncombe
    AB Tech, Genevieve Circle, Asheville (Allied Health Parking Lot)
    Every Sunday, Beginning July 5th  
    Testing will be from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm

Testing sites are outdoors and will be canceled in the event of storms based on notification from the National Weather Service. Notice of cancellation will be made 1 hour in advance of opening on the day of testing. 

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