New COVID Testing Location Coming to Gaston County
GASTONIA, N.C. – Starting Monday, November 2, Gaston County residents will have a new COVID-19 testing site available.
As part of a state-initiative, private vendor Optum will be running the testing site three days a week in Dallas, outside the Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. The site will be open from 2-7 p.m. on its first day of operation, Nov. 2, and will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays after that. The testing site will be a drive-through operation.
The testing site is intended to compliment the community testing being done four days a week by Kintegra. Using its mobile clinic, Kintegra is able to provide testing to multiple areas in Gaston County each week. Their testing location schedule can be found here: https://www.kintegra.org/drive-up-covid-19-testing-site-schedule/.
Those who want to get tested at the Optum site are encouraged to register in advance at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Testing will be made available for free for those without insurance or without the means to pay for it. Children as young as 1 can be tested and individuals do not need to show identification to receive a test.