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.

If you need a COVID-19 test, you can find testing resources by:

  • Calling the New Hanover County Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800
  • Visiting covid.NCDHHS.gov to enter your address and find the closest testing site near you
  • Checking the “Community Outreach Testing Events” section below for local outreach testing events through Public Health
  • Registering for open community testing, available to the general public with no symptoms or close contact to a positive case required. The site is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m through Wednesday, December 16.  Pre-registration is encouraged with eTrueNorth (the test manufacturer) for a faster process and to ensure testing appointment availability. See below under the “Open Community Testing” tab for more information.

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

  • Monday, November 30th from 4 -6 pm – Global River Church, 4702 S. College Rd
  • Saturday, December 5th from 10 am -12 pm – Rankin Terrace, 415 N. 12th
  • Saturday, December 12th from 10 am -12 pm – DREAMS, 910 Fanning St.
  • Monday, December 14th from 10 am -12 pm – DREAMS, 910 Fanning St.
  • Saturday, December 19th from 10 am -12 pm – Price Cathedral A.M.E. Zion Church. 1201 Orange 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.
  • 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 10 am -12 pm – Creekwood Homes, 714 Emory St

New Hanover County is one of several counties participating in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ surge COVID-19 testing initiative. This site offers free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site, located at UNCW parking lot 1A, located at the corner of Hurst and Hamilton Drives. This is 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.

The site will be open Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m through Wednesday, December 16 with holiday exceptions listed below.  Pre-registration is encouraged with eTrueNorth, (the test manufacturer) for a faster process and to ensure testing appointment availability.

This site will be closed on:

  • Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 (Thanksgiving)

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. This data does not include test samples or results taken at the open community testing site at UNCW.
Current data reported as of 3 p.m. on November 20. 2020:
NHC COVID-19 Testing Site Samples*
Total
Positive
Negative
Pending

2,539

227

2,307

5

*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
Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
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