While the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration's edict calling for mandatory vaccinations or cumbersome testing for employees of larger companies, there are still some employers who have their own requirements including testing.
Since the omicron variant is also infecting--though with mostly less serious illnesses--those who have been vaccinated, testing is important. The Lincoln County Health Department, in cooperation with OptumServe and the NCDHHS continues to offer free testing at the Emanuel Reformer Church Fellowship Hall located between Main & Sycamore streets across from the Lincolnton Post Office.
To schedule an appointment, visit lhi.care/covidtesting. Call (877) 562-4850 if you do not have internet or are registering for a minor.
For this week and next, their schedule is:
JANUARY 18th – JANUARY 22nd: 7:30AM – 4:30PM JANUARY 25th – JANUARY 29th: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Other area health departments are also offering free testing. Check their websites or Facebook pages for details.
Beginning this Wednesday, US.households can order up to four free COVID tests online at www.COVIDTests.gov. The four-test limit was set to "ensure broad access" amid a testing shortage across the United States, the White House says. They didn't elaborate when you can order more tests.
The US Postal Service says tests will usually ship seven to 12 days after being ordered. All orders in the continental United States will be sent through USPS' first-class package service,
The administration says it will prioritize processing orders "to households experiencing the highest social vulnerability and in communities that have experienced a disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly during this omicron surge."
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