Where to find COVID-19 tests in Charlotte

Where to find COVID-19 tests in Charlotte

StarMed's new mobile testing and vaccination unit in Uptown (courtesy of StarMed)

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It’s not easy to find a COVID-19 test in the Charlotte area these days. At-home rapid tests fly off the shelves at retailers like Walgreens and CVS.

We’ve rounded up a few updates on testing locally:

  • Mecklenburg County says that this week it’ll resume distribution of free rapid tests at local libraries. A spokesperson tells me a shipment is “en route to Charlotte but has not yet been received.” We’ll update you as we learn more.
  • StarMed launched a new mobile testing and vaccination trailer in Uptown at Tryon and 4th streets this week. StarMed now has a total of eight locations for free COVID testing in Charlotte. Find the one closest to you here.
  • Other no-cost testing site options: OnCall Mobile Medical and Wellness (on Eastway Drive in Charlotte), One Love Periodic Services (on Albemarle Road in Charlotte), Carolina Place Mall (Pineville) and the Franklin Square Mall (Gastonia), WSOC’s Joe Bruno reported. Register online first.
  • Major health care systems, such as Atrium Health and Novant Health, pharmacies and urgent care clinics are all offering testing.
  • Atrium opened a community testing location, where no appointments are required, on Beam Road in southwest Charlotte.
  • Find your nearest COVID-19 testing place using this online tool from the NCDHHS.

Be smart: Do not go to the emergency room for COVID-19 testing, officials say. Hospitals need the space and bandwidth.

Pro tip: Rapid tests can be sometimes found online for at-home delivery at certain retailers, including Walmart.

My thought bubble: Good luck out there, and be safe.

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