THONWS-02-10-21 COVID UPDATE

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, residents can have COVID-19 testing at the Davidson County Fairgrounds without an appointment.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — The Davidson County Health Department announced last week that Ottendorf Laboratories is offering COVID-19 testing free of charge seven days per week at the Davidson County Fairgrounds.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, residents can have tests administered at the fairgrounds without an appointment. Test results are produced in approximately two-to-three days. Testing is conducted with no eligibility requirements.

Meanwhile, the health department continues to vaccinate six days per week. A total of 11,231 vaccines had been administered in Davidson County as of Feb. 1. At press time, 13,649 positive tests have been recorded in the county, 142 of whom have died. According to the NCDHHS, Thomasville’s 27360 zip code has reported 4,011 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, including 46 deaths, up two from last week.

Due to continual shifting of health department resources toward preventative measures, contact tracing is not available in the way the department was conducting it throughout the pandemic. The health department can no longer accurately report the number of individuals cleared from isolation or the number of those hospitalized.

Statewide, however, the NCDHHS reported that 2,378 people were hospitalized as of Feb. 7. Of the 796,195 total cases, 9,962 had died. Official statewide data on the COVID-19 pandemic is available at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc.

Eligible residents are encouraged to call the appointment line number at 336-236-3096 or visit https://www.co.davidson.nc.us/976/COVID-19-Vaccine. Health officials ask those who would like to be vaccinated keep in mind that the health department has an extremely limited supply of the vaccine and that the appointment line call volume remains very high.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.