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State public health offering free Covid-19 tests

Some North Carolinians will have access to free Covid-19 tests from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Rockefeller Foundation through Project ACT.

Project Access Covid Tests aims to make tests accessible to underserved communities. The goal is to create healthier people and spaces, to keep people working and socializing safely amid novel coronavirus spread.

Folks living in eligible zip codes can receive upward of five free at-home Covid-19 tests, shipped to their door. Around 80 counties are covered, with 13 additional counties partially covered; eligibility can be assessed here with a quick zip-code search.

“We remain committed to meeting the testing needs of priority populations across North Carolina — especially for historically marginalized communities,” Dr. Susan Kansagra, NCDHHS assistant secretary for public health, said in a release.

NCDHHS used the county Social Vulnerability Index to analyze zip codes and understand populations in need, according to median income, amount of people uninsured and the distance needed to travel to other testing options.  

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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