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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:

Those who want to get tested at the Optum site are encouraged to register in advance at 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.