WCHD to phase out testing at annex

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayne County Health Department led local efforts in providing free testing and vaccinations to residents across the area.

However, demand at the annex has diminished with tests and vaccines readily available through providers within the community.

On June 20, WCHD started downsizing COVID-19 operations at the Grantham Street annex in the Little River Shopping Center.

Vaccines and testing will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15-11:45 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Appointments are available at www.waynegov.com, but walk-ins are accepted. The schedule will continue through July 28.

On Aug. 1, WCHD will no longer offer community testing but will continue to offer vaccines at the main health department facility on Herman Street in Goldsboro by appointment only.

“I am extremely proud of the work that our COVID-19 team has accomplished,” said Dr. Brenda Weiss, WCHD health director. “This operation would not have been possible without a dedicated team of partners, support staff, Wayne County EMS and nursing staff.

With vaccines and testing being available everywhere, we can slowly and safely transition our focus and staffing back to our regular public health programs.”

Residents are reminded that every home in the United States is eligible to order free at-home COVID-19 test kits from covid.gov . In addition to this federal resource, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has partnered with Labcorp to provide free at-home test kits to North Carolinians by visiting covid19.ncdhhs.gov .

WCHD continues to provide COVID-19 information for testing and vaccines at waynegov.com/covid .

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