Lee County Government has announced it will offer free COVID testing next week to residents who meet specific criteria.

The Health Department will hold a COVID-19 drive-thru from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 27 and 28 at Deep River Elementary School, according to a press release. The criteria for testing includes anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat); people who have had close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms, and anyone at higher risk of exposure or at a higher risk for severe disease, regardless of symptoms.

“We are thankful for the support of our partners in helping us provide a community testing site in Lee County,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “We know how important increasing the availability of testing is to help manage and stop the spread of COVID-19 and we hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to be tested.”

The event is being put together in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Piedmont Health, Lab Corp, and the North Carolina National Guard.

Those who are interested in receiving a test can register for the event and receive an appointment time by calling (919) 542-4991.