Free COVID-19 testing brings answers, care

Chris Salazar talks with Nurse Michelle Davis about the 
symptoms of COVID-19 after being tested for the Coronavirus.

By JAY LAMM editor@WSJ30.com

Advance Community Health partnered with the Town of Wake Forest to provide free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday and Wednesday in the parking lot of the Renaissance Center.

The town advertised pre-registration for the event a few days in advance, and the schedule filled quickly.

“We have seen about 70 patients so far, while we had about 100 pre-registered,” said Shauntell Washington, who was helping handle the people at the registration tent on Tuesday afternoon.

“We have about a 100 pre-registered for tomorrow, but if someone comes up who hasn’t registered, we are going to find a way to get them in to be tested.”

After passing the registration tent, patients were swabbed by medical assistants Andreya Williams or Shaundra Braxton. The test is performed with either an oral or nasal swab. Clients then move on to consult with Michelle Davis, a nurse with Advance Comunity Health.

“When they get to me, I go over the symptoms of COVID-19 and ask if they feel they are experiencing any. If not, they go on their way. If I feel they may have symptoms, I have them park their vehicle and take them into our on-site mobile medical facility for further consultation,” Davis said.

“Mostly, everyone goes on their way, and I tell them they will get their test results in two or three days. Everyone tested gets a call.”

Advance Community Health offers free COVID-19 testing events at least four days a week around the Triangle area, with one always scheduled in Cary. They also provide testing for the homeless.

“We need people to take this virus seriously. Wear a mask when you’re in public and practice social distancing. Not everyone infected shows symptoms,” Davis added.

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