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Testing for minority communities and populations at high-risk for coronavirus starting this weekend

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that expanded testing for the coronavirus will start this weekend for minority communities and populations at the highest risk for being infected by the respiratory virus.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources, the Herbert Henderson Office for Minority Affairs, and the West Virginia National Guard are hosting free COVID-19 testing in Berkeley, Jefferson, Mercer, and Raleigh counties starting Friday, May 15 and Saturday, between 9.am. and 4 p.m.

The testing is available to all individuals, including people who are showing no COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste and smell. Proof of insurance is not required, but proof of identification – such as a photo ID or proof of address – will be required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Locations include Martinsburg High School in Berkeley County, the lower parking lot at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center at Bluefield State College in Mercer County, Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town in Jefferson County, and the Commission on Aging in Beckley in Raleigh County.

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