Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Pender County giving away at-home Covid tests

The Pender County Health Department is giving away free at-home Covid-19 tests.

Pender County — As Covid cases begin to rise again and a new variant emerges, the Pender County Health Department is offering free at-home tests, which staff states “plays an important role in helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”

With two locations for pick up — Pender County Health Department, 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw and the Hampstead Annex, 15060 N.C. Hwy. 17 in Hampstead — test kits are available free of charge with a limit of four per person.

The locations are open for test pick-up Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.

The Pender County Health Department advises using an at-home kit when:

  • a person experiences Covid-19 symptoms
  • an individual was exposed to someone with Covid-19
  • before going to an indoor event or gathering

If an at-home test comes back positive, the CDC recommends reporting it to a local health care provider or the local health department.

Households may also order up to eight test kits online.

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