Virus tests offered

May 21, 2020

Health department officials continue community testing for the COVID-19 virus.

Because testing resources are limited, only those pre-screened and approved for testing will be admitted, and only by appointment, according to the Lenowisco Health District.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and qualify for testing: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Those who are uninsured or underinsured, as well as those with symptoms of illness, are encouraged to call for an appointment.

To be approved for testing, you must call in advance for a screening interview. Those approved for testing will receive an appointment time, a testing number and/or an emailed authorization letter. If you do not have access to email, you must bring a valid ID to the testing site. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time and bring your documentation with you.

Local testing dates, times and sites include:

• May 27: Central High School, 9-11 a.m.; Hawthorne Acres Apartments, Norton, noon-2 p.m.

• May 29: Regency Towers, Norton, 9-11 a.m.; Ramsey Apartments, Norton, noon-2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for any of these sites, call the Wise County/ Norton Health Department, 276/328-8000.


The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wise County has held steady at 23 for more than one week.

Also, the number of confirmed cases in Norton has remained at two for several weeks.