COVID-19 Testing in New Hanover County

Screening & Testing

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations.
You should be tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19,
  • have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • meet other criteria like working in a high-risk setting, have participated in gatherings, or are a member of a historically marginalized community.

Call the New Hanover County Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, or visit covid.NCDHHS.gov to enter your address and find the closest testing site near you, or check the “Community Outreach Testing Events” section below for local outreach testing events.

Open community testing is available to the general public, with no symptoms or close contact to a positive case required, through a partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The site will officially open on Tuesday, October 27 at the UNCW Parking Lot 1A (at the corner of Hurst and Hamilton Drives) and remain open every Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m., until November 24. See more information about this testing site below.

New Hanover County Public Health will be conducting outreach testing events throughout the fall at various sites to bring COVID-19 testing directly to communities county-wide, eliminating barriers to access.

Testing is provided to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or is a close contact to a positive case. Screening & testing is available on site by drive-through and by walk-up. It’s free of charge and you don’t need any ID or insurance for testing. Free masks will be distributed for those in need.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Saturday, October 24th from 9-11 am – Houston Moore, 1601 S. 13th St
  • Monday, October 26th from 4- 6 pm – Union Missionary Baptist Church, 2711 Princess Place Dr.
  • Saturday, October 31st from 9- 11 am – Hillcrest Apartments, 1402 Meares St
  • Monday, November 2nd from 4- 6 pm – Warner Temple AME Church, 620 Nixon St
  • Saturday, November 7th from 9- 11 am – Vesta Village, 1913 Gufford Dr
  • Monday, November 9th from 4- 6 pm – Warner Temple AME Church, 620 Nixon St
  • Saturday, November 14th from 9- 11 am – Solomon Towers, 15 Castle St
  • Monday, November 16th from 4- 6 pm – Warner Temple AME Church, 620 Nixon St
  • Saturday, November 21st from 9- 11 am – Creekwood Homes, 714 Emory St
  • Monday, November 30th from 4 -6 pm – Global River Church, 4702 S. College Rd
  • Saturday, December 5th from 9- 11 am – Rankin Terrace, 415 N. 12th
  • Saturday, December 12th from 9- 11 am – DREAMS, 910 Fanning St.
  • Monday, December 14th from 4- 6 pm – DREAMS, 910 Fanning St.

Test sites are subject to change and weather-dependent. For more information, contact the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800.

PAST EVENTS

  • Monday, October 5th from 4- 6 pm – Warner Temple AME Church, 620 Nixon St
  • Saturday, October 10th from 9- 11 am – MLK Center, 401 S 8th St
  • Monday, October 12th from 4- 6 pm – Union Missionary Baptist Church, 2711 Princess Place Dr.
  • Saturday, October 17th from 9-11 am – Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church, 1019 Meares Street
  • Monday, October, 19th from 4- 6 pm – Union Missionary Baptist Church, 2711 Princess Place Dr.

New Hanover County is one of several counties participating in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ surge COVID-19 testing initiative. Starting Tuesday, October 27, a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site will be located in UNCW parking lot 1A, located at the corner of Hurst and Hamilton Drives. This will be an open testing site for the general public, meaning symptoms or being a close contact to someone with COVID-19 is not necessary to be tested.

Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 for free at this site, and those under the age of 18 should be accompanied by their legal guardian. Health officials encourage those who have attended gatherings or visited establishments where social distancing was difficult to maintain to take advantage of this open testing opportunity. Open testing helps further slow the spread of COVID-19 by identifying the virus in asymptomatic individuals and containing the virus before the virus is unknowingly spread to others

Tests are self-administered, meaning staff will hand the test components to the participant and instruct them on what to do. Parents or guardians will be asked to administer the test to young children. The participant will then hand the materials and test sample back for laboratory processing.

Starting Tuesday, the site will be open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. until November 24.  No appointment is necessary, but individuals can pre-register with the testing manufacturer, eTrueNorth, for a faster process.

You should be tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
  • have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19; or
  • meet other criteria like working in a high-risk setting, have participated in gatherings or are a member of a historically marginalized community.

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations. Call the New Hanover County Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, or visit covid.NCDHHS.gov to enter your address and find the closest testing site near you.


COVID-19 symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Interpreters will be available in the call center and at the testing sites, to ensure everyone can access this resource. 

If you are referred for a test by the call center but do not have transportation, you may be eligible to have a COVID-19 test sample taken at a location convenient for you. A call center nurse will coordinate with you and send Public Health nurses to the agreed-upon testing location at a set date and time.

If you test positive for COVID-19, when Public Health calls with your results they will also make sure you have the resources and support needed while staying at home. Staying at home and avoiding contact with other members of the household can help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 and protect your loved ones and neighbors.

The Public Health team will also perform contact tracing. Contact tracing is a way to reach out to people who have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. They will ask you about anyone else you have recently been near or in close contact with. This will allow Public Health to reach people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and share any information and support they may need to stay at home until the risk of giving the virus to others has passed.

The team will not share anyone’s name or personal information. This information is confidential and will remain private. Each of these steps slows the spread of COVID-19.

These statistics will be updated weekly with the most complete information available at the time of posting.
Current data reported as of 3 p.m. on October 23. 2020:
NHC COVID-19 Testing Site Samples*
Total
Positive
Negative
Pending

2,346

221

2115

10

*New Hanover County reports all tests performed by Public Health. Some tests have been performed on individuals that reside in a neighboring county, and therefore are not counted in the total New Hanover County statistics. These figures are subject to reconciliation from final results obtained from private testing labs. This is not a cumulative total of all tests performed in the county, as many tests are conducted by private providers and other testing sites
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