As cases of coronavirus began to increase in early summer, Buncombe County responded by establishing three drive-up COVID-19 testing sites, including one in the Swannanoa Ingles parking lot on Tuesday mornings. The testing was open to anyone, but was especially aimed toward the uninsured. Demand was particularly high at the Swannanoa site, with cars backed up along the road, and long wait times.
The community testing program began on June 30 and was scheduled to run for 10 weeks, but the County announced on July 22 that they were temporarily suspending the program due to staffing issues, logistical challenges, and processing delays. Since then, the County has been working on revamping and streamlining the program, and now plans to reopen the testing sites the week of August 9. The first day of testing at the Swannanoa site (2217 U.S. Hwy. 70) will be Tuesday, August 11, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Residents are asked to complete the County’s online COVID-19 Self-Checker before coming to the community testing site. For more info, and to access the self-checker, visit www.buncombecounty.org.