Macon County to hold community COVID-19 testing today in Highlands

Macon County Emergency Management will be hosting a targeted COVID-19 testing clinic in Highlands today (June 4), for those who believe they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

The clinic will be held at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until tests run out.

Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment.

WHAT: COVID-19 Testing Clinic

WHEN: June 4; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn 332 Arnold Road, Highlands

DIRECTIONS: Dillard Road 1.2 miles, turn right onto Arnold Road, just past Highlands Country Club. Macon County Emergency Management will schedule another testing clinic to be held next week, though a date has not yet been selected.

Macon County Public Health daily COVID-19 update from June 3. Macon County currently has 94 active cases.

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation will also be holding a testing clinic in Cashiers, this Saturday, June 6, and in Highlands on June 13. More information on those clinics can be found HERE.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under phase two. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness.

Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the Governor’s orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces.

The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions HERE.  

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which also includes future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina. Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath).

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828.349.2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.

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