The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF) sponsored two pilot COVID-19 testing initiatives on the plateau.  The format of the tests were conducted by a drive-through with pre-scheduled appointments to expedite the drive-through testing process.

This program exemplifies the HCHF mission to improve health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers and surrounding communities.  “With the unprecedented dynamics of COVID -19 we are trying to do everything we can to help our communities be safe and healthy through these unusual times.  After conversations with area healthcare professionals and in the interest of supporting NCDHHS guidelines for who should be tested, the Foundation decided to move forward with this pilot testing initiative,” said Robin Tindall, Foundation CEO and Executive Director.

The tests were administered by Mountain Park Urgent Care (MPUC), Sylva, NC in full compliance with CDC, FDA, and NCDHHS guidelines.   The County Health Departments were provided COVID-19 test reports as required by NCDHHS.   Uninsured and self-pay participants were eligible for this testing initiative and confidential results were provided directly to participants by phone.

Everyone please note a COVID-19 test is a one-time indicator. Frequent hand washing, covering your face, and social distancing at least six feet apart are also important to protect yourself and others and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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