Harrisonburg to offer COVID-19 tests to any city resident next weekend

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Published: May. 8, 2020 at 2:46 PM EDT
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The City of Harrisonburg is partnering with the Virginia Department of Health and Sentara Healthcare to bring mobile COVID-19 testing to two schools that will be open for all city residents on May 16.

Up to 100 tests will take place at Skyline Middle School and Spotswood Elementary School on Saturday, May 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.

According to the City of Harrisonburg, the tests will be available for any Harrisonburg resident on a first-come, first-served basis until they run out.

Spanish interpreters will be available at both locations, and Arabic, Kurdish and Swahili interpreters will be available at Spotswood Elementary.

Virginia Department of Health demographic data has shown, especially in the Central Shenandoah Health District, that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color,

.

State health commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver said in Governor Ralph Northam's Friday press briefing that the disproportionate numbers are likely connected to outbreaks at poultry plants in the Shenandoah Valley.

For anyone seeking to be tested for the coronavirus next weekend, the city of Harrisonburg says they need to wear a mask and, if at all possible, adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

The City of Harrisonburg urges all city residents to continue following the

on hand-washing and social distancing, as well as to continue following Gov. Northam's Stay at Home order and executive order banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

Earlier this week,

packed with face masks, hand sanitizer, and flyers on prevention in different languages, thanks to donations from the COVID-19 Health Equity Working Group of Virginia’s Unified Command.

This past weekend, the city

, giving residents of those specific neighborhoods who may not otherwise be able to get tested the chance.

But the May 16 testing is open to all city residents.

As of May 8, the city of Harrisonburg

, with 574 total cases confirmed. The Virginia Department of Health reports at least 33 cumulative hospitalizations and 21 deaths in the city.