NC expands pre-thanksgiving no-cost COVID-19 testing in partnership with retailers, test vendors

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) This weekend, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is offering more than 120 no-cost COVID-19 community testing events, including new locations in partnership with retailers to help North Carolinians protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities as they prepare for Thanksgiving. 

In addition to existing testing events throughout the state, grocery stores in seven counties are offering testing on November 20-22: Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Iredell, Johnston, Mecklenburg, and Union.

Select Carlie C’s IGA, Compare Foods, Food Lion, Ingles Markets, and Target will have walk-up and drive-thru testing.

Testing will be conducted by C.W. Williams Community Health Center (in coordination with NC Community Health Center Association), OptumServe, and StarMed Urgent and Family Care, P.A.\

For a full list of all testing event times and locations throughout the state, visit the No-Cost Community Testing Events page on the NCDHHS website.

More locations are being added each day. Additional testing sites can be found at Find My Testing


“We care about our customers and about the communities we serve,” said Emma Inman, Director of External Communications for Food Lion. “Along with NCDHHS, we want to encourage North Carolinians to get tested for COVID-19. It’s a simple thing to do before we see our friends, family, and loved ones this Thanksgiving to care for them and help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 at the events.

People without insurance are eligible for testing and identification documents are not required.

Children and adults may be tested, but a parent or legal guardian must be present with children and teens 17 or younger. 

NCDHHS urges caution when traveling or gathering for Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations, especially for gatherings that include people who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19, such as anyone over the age of 65.

People who choose to travel or gather for Thanksgiving should consider having a COVID-19 test three to four days ahead of time.

NCDHHS also recommends that everyone quarantine for 14 days before gathering with anyone outside their household to limit advance risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

Quarantining is particularly important from the time you test until you travel or gather with people outside your household. 

While gathering, shopping or traveling, follow the 3Ws.

For a full list of guidance about traveling and gathering during the holidays, along with a chart outlining low, medium, and high-risk activities, see the NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Thanksgiving Holiday.

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