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NASHVILLE — Free coronavirus testing is being offered as COVID-19 cases in Nash County pass the 350 mark.

Nearly 200 of the patients involved have recovered. Out of 351 known infected people in the county, 193 are recovered; 135 are isolated at home; 19 remain hospitalized and four people have died, said Larissa Williams, coordinator of health services for the Nash County Health Department.

In Rocky Mount, the Opportunities Industrialization Center is rolling out free community testing for COVID-19 throughout the city.

The testing is scheduled to continue for several weeks in order to reach a wide spectrum of Rocky Mount residents, according to information provided by Shelayna Parker, the organization’s deputy director of administration.

The testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“OIC will be offering several locations for testing throughout the city and (is) working diligently to provide essential care and information to as many citizens as possible in the wake of the recent outbreaks,” Parker said.

A walk-in site will be located at the OIC Specialty Care Center on the side of the Rocky Mount Event Center at 285 NE Main St. A drive-up tent site will be offered in the event center’s rear parking lot on Tuesdays.

The OIC COVID-19 deployment unit can be accessed by businesses and organizations seeking to test groups of 25 people or more. Anyone interested in testing at a group location can call 252-977-3730 or email oicmarketing@oicone.org.

The OIC mobile clinic already is administering COVID-19 testing from various locations in the area. People seeking to be tested are asked to bring photo ID and an insurance card for registration. Lack of insurance does not disqualify anyone for testing and anyone who may have been exposed or is experiencing symptoms is encouraged to attend.

Depending on the individual sites, the OIC will offer both walk-up and drive-up testing, and social distancing will be practiced at each location. 

“We encourage all patients to register via www.oicrmhub.com,” Parker said. “This will save on in-clinic registration time.”

It remains important for folks to wash their hands as often as possible with soap and warm water, avoid touching their face, eyes, nose or mouth, wear a mask when possible and always practice social distancing.

“Our thoughts are with all of the families and businesses throughout the Rocky Mount community that have been affected by this virus,” Parker said.

Follow @OICRockyMount on social media to track the mobile unit’s daily locations and current information on all testing sites. For more information, call 252-210-9856.