Testing, testing, testing.

That seems to be the new mantra everywhere when it comes to fighting the coronavirus – the disease that’s proven to be very recalcitrant even in the summer heat.

In keeping with recent efforts, on Tuesday, June 30, Guilford County announced a list of new test opportunities for the month of July. Guilford County’s Division of Public Health has teamed up with NC Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and the City of High Point Parks and Recreation Department to host testing sites.

At these sites, only those “who fall into high-risk categories for COVID-19” will be tested. You can call the number below for details, but, basically, that means that someone either is symptomatic, has been around others who’ve tested positive, or they’re in a high risk group – for instance, they’re elderly or have health conditions that could mean the virus may have very serious implications for them if they catch it.

The community testing sites operated by the county’s health division in July are as follows:

  • NC A&T campus at Corbett Sports Center, 405 North Benbow Road, Greensboro, Wednesday, July 1. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The testing at this site is indoors.
  • Craft Community Recreation Center, 3911 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7 and Friday, July 10. From 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The testing here is also indoors.
  • Allen Jay Recreation Center and Park, 1073 E Springfield Road, High Point, Monday, July 13, Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, July 17. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Testing at all of these sites will be done by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by calling 336-641-7527.

You don’t need insurance to get tested, but you will be asked about your insurance situation. If the person being tested has private sector insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, they’ll be asked to bring their insurance card. However, there’s no out-of-pocket-costs to the patient and, if someone is uninsured, the testing can still take place.

The testing is open to all Guilford County residents who meet the criteria.

Those planning to come to a testing site are asked to wear a face covering.