Raleigh, N.C. — Staff at Wake County’s free COVID-19 testing sites say most people are getting their results in one day or less.
Officials say there is an increase in testing demand ahead of the holidays as people decide whether to gather with extended family members. Two sites are currently open in Raleigh and Wake Forest, although both will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Sunnybrook Building parking deck
2925 Holston Lane, Raleigh
Nov. 20-21, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 27-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
907 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest
Nov. 21-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 23–25 and Nov. 27–28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nearly 4,500 tests have been taken in Wake County this month. The county said the average wait time for test results at Sunnybrook is 24 to 48 hours, although most get results within 24 hours.
In Wake Forest, most people are receiving their results in 12 to 24 hours.
If you need to get tested, make an appointment online to avoid wait times. If you don’t live in Wake County, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has a list of free testing sites across the state.
People who should be tested include those who:
- Have COVID-like symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and loss of smell
- Have been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19
- Are healthcare workers or first responders
- Work in high-risk settings like long-term care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters
- Are 65 years old or older
- Have underlying health conditions
- Are a member of a vulnerable or historically marginalized population
- Have attended a mass gathering or protest
- Are a frontline worker in a setting where social distancing is difficult