Raleigh, NC – A new test site for COVID-19 opened at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Friday to help with the high demand. Wake County’s test sites were closed on New Year’s Eve, but there were many other options in the triangle.
The mass test site was opened from kl. 07:00 to 16.00 Pre-register here. But at closing time at 4 pm, there were still people waiting in line to be tested. Officials assured that everyone in line by 4 pm would receive the test.
North Carolina recorded its highest daily number of cases so far on Friday. Many people hope to be tested after holiday gatherings ̵[ads1]1; or before returning to work.
The State Department of Health and Human Services reported nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – the highest ever seen.
Wake County teamed up with the state to open the mass test site after cars waited in line for hours this week at Wake County Public Health’s five test sites. On Thursday morning, all appointments were booked the same day, and Wake County said Saturday appointments have already been made.
Although First Night festivities are being held in downtown Raleigh with precautions, Dr. Cameron Wolfe of Duke Health is urging people to reconsider plans for New Year’s Eve, especially if it involves being in a crowd.
COVID-19 testing options available on NYE
A drive-thru test site will open at PNC Arena from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Advance registration is required, but appointment booking is not required.
The State Department of Health and Human Services’ website has a Find My Testing Place tool, which lists sites with availability on Friday.
Other venues that are open on New Year’s Eve in Wake County are listed below. Pre-registration on the specified links is required.
- Boys and Girls Club, 721 N. Raleigh Blvd., at. 12:00 to 14:00
- Justice Served, 202 N. Tarboro St., Raleigh, at. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- McDonald’s (adjacent parking lot), 830 E. Williams St., Apex, at. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Word of God Church, 3000 Rock Quarry Road, kl. 07:00 to 16:00
Wake County COVID-19 test sites reopen Saturday
Wake County runs a total of five test sites on New Year’s Day, but deals have already been booked.
- Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
- Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
- Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
- Vision Church RDU parking lot, 5808 Departure Drive, Raleigh
- Parking for Wake County Health & Human Services Center, 2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh
You can find another option by visiting dozens of other free test sites that are open in the triangle and across the state. This will also help you avoid lines. Some sites, such as Word of God Church on Rock Quarry Road, are far less busy than those offered through Wake County.
The church is just minutes from the Kidd Road area and no appointment is required. However, the results will not return as quickly in 24 hours instead of 12.
You can avoid leaving home altogether and order a free COVID-19 test kit online, even if the kits are not shipped until January 2nd.
When should I be tested?
The US Centers for Disease Control said that when you should be tested depends on whether you were exposed to the virus and whether you show symptoms.
Those who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days after the last exposure to the virus.
However, the CDC said that people who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately when they find that they were in close contact with the virus. If the test returns negative, an unvaccinated person should be retested 5-7 days later or immediately if covid-19 symptoms begin to develop.