Buncombe County is providing COVID-19 testing for anyone that lives, works, or learns in Buncombe County and is experiencing symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19.
There is a new screening and scheduling process for the testing sites. The new process allows people to schedule their testing time in advance, avoid long wait times at the testing sites, and offers a quicker turnaround time for test results.
The COVID-19 Community Testing sites are available on Tuesdays (Swannanoa Ingles), Thursdays (Buncombe County Sports Park) and Sundays (AB Tech Allied Health Building). Spanish medical interpreters will be at the testing sites. The sites are designed as drive-through sites but those who walk up or take the bus will also have access to these services.
COVID testing for those who meet criteria is widely available in Buncombe County through primary care providers, urgent cares, hospital systems and pharmacies. However, it remains important to focus on the prevention of COVID first and foremost to keep the virus from spreading further into the community and to loved ones. Please continue to wear a face covering and keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others when out in public, and wash your hands often.
If you do not a healthcare provider who offers testing for COVID-19 and you meet criteria to get tested, there are several ways to find testing near you.
1. Visit the Find My Testing Place website.
2. Starting immediately, people in Buncombe County can access testing by completing the Buncombe County Self-Checker online at www.buncombeready.org to set up an appointment at one of the county’s open-air, drive-through sites. Residents may also call the Ready Team at 828-419-0095 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 pm., Monday — Friday to be pre-screened for testing at these sites.
3. You can call the Buncombe County nurse line at 828-250-5300 to find out where you can get tested from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
More information about COVID-19 testing in Buncombe County can be found at www.buncombeready.org.