HCHF sponsors free COVID-19 testing after the holidays

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF) is sponsoring local COVID-19 testing initiatives on the Plateau on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

Testing will done in a drive-through format and will take place at The Village Green in Cashiers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Highlands Recreation Center from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both dates.

To ensure adequate testing supplies on the day of, participants are encouraged to notify Mountain Park Urgent Care of your interest to participate at info@mtnparkuc.com.

“This post-holiday timeframe is a critical time to be tested because CDC and science tells us positive cases will likely increase after travel and gatherings with family and friends,” Dr. Richard Ellin, Board member and leader of the HCHF testing project. “Identifying people with the virus helps to avoid a sudden spike, slow the rate of new infections, lower the overall number of cases, ease the pressure on health services, keep our schools open, workforce employed and community activity flowing.”

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation sponsors COVID-19 testing in Highlands and Cashiers.

Participants will be asked to present a photo ID and insurance information on site. Uninsured participants are eligible to participate without cost, however a photo I.D. is required.  Confidential results will be provided directly to participants by phone.

The tests will be administered by Mountain Park Urgent Care (MPUC), Sylva, N.C.  in full compliance with CDC, FDA, and NCDHHS guidelines.

The County Health Departments are provided COVID-19 test reports as required by NCDHHS.

Please note a COVID-19 test is a one-time indicator. Frequent hand washing, covering your face, and social distancing at least six feet apart are also important to protect yourself and others and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

To help improve the health and well-being of all in our community, please click HERE or call the Foundation office at 828.482.6510.

Pictured at the top of the article is COVID-19 testing sponsored by the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation at The Village Green over the summer.

About Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation was established on February 1, 2019 as a 501 (c) 3 public charity with a purpose to improve the health and wellbeing of Highlands, Cashiers, and surrounding communities. As the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital successor foundation we are committed to continuing a several-decade legacy of generosity and vision to ensure vibrant and healthy living for our year-round, seasonal and visiting families and individuals.

Through partnerships with organizations, key stakeholders and caring donors, the Foundation aims to make positive and lasting change through investing in projects and programs that advance innovative solutions and improvements in peoples’ health and wellbeing.

The Foundation also includes collaborative partnerships that serve the health and wellbeing of all people in western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Macon, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Clay and Cherokee Counties.

Article courtesy of Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation

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